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  1. General Electric's 3 Key Financial Ratios

    Understand the fundamental business reasons behind some of GE's lackluster financial ratios and know how to interpret the ...
  2. 4 Simple Actions to Consider After Fed Liftoff

    This week, after months of anticipation, the Fed initiated its first rate hike in nearly a decade, raising the Fed Funds ...
  3. How Rising Rates Impact Bond Mutual Funds

    The interest rate increase by the Fed was one of the most widely anticipated in history. Here's what it means for bond mutual ...
  4. The Top 5 REITS for 2016

    Read about REITs investors may want to consider for 2016. Understand why investors may want to consider the impact of rising ...
  5. What Is International Trade?

    Everyone's talking about globalization, so we explain what is it and why some oppose it.
  6. AOR: iShares Core Growth Allocation ETF

    Find out about the iShares Core Growth Allocation Fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, suitability ...
  7. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  8. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Bank of America Stock

    Learn the largest risks to owning Bank of America stock. Discover its outlook through fundamental analysis and external risks ...
  9. DSI: iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF

    Find out about the iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, ...
  10. What Are Economies Of Scale?

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  11. JKL: iShares Morningstar Small-Cap Value ETF

    Find out about the Shares Morningstar Small-Cap Value ETF, and learn detailed information about this exchange-traded fund ...
  12. KBE: SPDR S&P Bank ETF

    Explore analysis of the SPDR S&P Bank ETF, and learn how the ETF tracks the banking sector and how investors can benefit ...
  13. Breaking Down The Geometric Mean

    Understanding portfolio performance, whether for a self-managed, discretionary portfolio or a non-discretionary portfolio, ...
  14. AGZ: iShares Agency Bond ETF

    Find out about the iShares Agency Bond exchange-traded fund, and explore detailed analysis of the ETF that tracks U.S. government ...
  15. IYZ: iShares US Telecommunications ETF

    Explore detailed analysis of the iShares U.S. Telecommunications exchange-traded fund, and learn about the ETF's suitability ...
  16. DWAS: PowerShares DWA SmallCap Momentum ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares DWA SmallCap Momentum Portfolio ETF, and explore detailed analysis the fund's characteristics, ...
  17. SCPB: SPDR Barclays Short Term Corporate Bond ETF

    Learn about the SPDR Barclays Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the exchange-traded fund tracking ...
  18. The Top 5 Financials Sector ETFs for 2016

    Discover detailed analyses of the top five financials sector exchange-traded funds, which may be poised to rise if the Federal ...
  19. What Are Central Banks?

    They print money, they control inflation, and much, much more. All you need to know about central banks is here.
  20. Understanding Interest Rates: Nominal, Real And Effective

    Interest rates can be broken down into several subcategories that incorporate various factors such as inflation. Smart investors ...
  21. 5 Stocks to Avoid When the Fed Hikes Rates

    Find out why you should avoid these five stocks, especially with expectations that the Federal Reserve will begin raising ...
  22. What a Rate Hike Might Mean for Stocks

    Here's what investors should expect if interest rates rise.
  23. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  24. Time to Favor TIPS?

    Amid the sluggish economic recovery, investor expectations for future inflation have also moderated, but perhaps by too much.
  25. Star Wars Economics: How The Blockade Of Naboo Transformed The Republic Into The ...

    The Galactic Empire in Star Wars wasn't always so powerful. Intergalactic businesses were always at loggerheads with intergalactiic ...
  26. Three Things to Know About the Remittance Economy

    Up until the turn of this century, remittances were ignored by most economists in development economics. But, the remittance ...
  27. The Top 5 Short-Term Bond ETFs for 2016

    Read about five short-term bond ETFs that investors should consider if the Federal Reserve triggers a rising interest rate ...
  28. The 4 Best Inflation-Protected Funds To Invest In (SCHP)

    Discover how Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) work, and learn about five funds in this segment that make good ...
  29. 10 Ways to Profit From an Interest Rate Increase

    Discover 10 possible ways that individual investors and businesses can potentially profit from an environment of rising interest ...
  30. Rising Rates: What It'll Mean for Stocks and Bonds

    A look at what rising interest rates could mean for the equity and bond markets.
  31. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Russia's GDP

    Understanding the GDP composition of the world's largest country, Russia.
  32. Will Argentina Default Again?

    Does a Manhattan judge's recent ruling putting Argentina on the hook for $6.1 billion in payments for its sovereign bonds ...
  33. The Largest Oil Companies Make a Pledge to Climate Change

    Here is how ten of the world's largest oil companies prepared for the UN climate change summit happening in Paris this month.
  34. Is Infinite Economic Growth on a Finite Planet Possible?

    While the finite nature of Earth's resources limits the direction of economic growth, it does not mean that infinite economic ...
  35. 5 Executives Who Took on the CEO Role at Multiple Companies

    By analyzing these serial entrepreneurs, we see that key characteristics of successful leaders include nonconformity, perseverance ...
  36. How to Prepare for a Global Economic Slowdown

    Equity markets have held their own over the past year, but it's not difficult to figure out what's going on behind the scenes. ...
  37. Are The Markets Ready For an Interest Rate Increase?

    Learn why the bond market may not necessarily see an interest rate increase soon. Read about how the Federal Reserve will ...
  38. Why Canada's Interest Rates Won't Rise Anytime Soon

    Learn why the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon despite concerns about a housing market bubble ...
  39. Selling Your House Before an Interest Rate Hike?

    Learn about the potential advantages and disadvantages of selling a home before or after an increase in the national interest ...
  40. Before you Buy that Home: Shop for the Best Loan

    Before even starting to search for a home, the first thing you need to do is get pre-qualified for a home mortgage.
  41. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  42. What Is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  43. The Top 5 High Yield Bond Funds for 2016 (JNK, HYG)

    Learn about mutual funds and ETFs that invest in high-yield bonds. Read about the risks and rewards associated with investing ...
  44. 3 ETFs to Consider Before an Interest Rate Hike (XRLV)

    Learn about potential impacts of the Federal Reserve boosting interest rates and three ETFs that can help you capitalize ...
  45. The Most Important Factors that Affect Mortgage Rates

    Discover what the most important factors are that affect mortgage interest rates. Factors range from inflation and economic ...
  46. How to Take Maternity Leave as a Freelancer

    Freelancers are not covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but maternity leave is still doable with these tips. ...
  47. What Is the Labor Market Conditions Index?

    The Labor Market Conditions Index is a new Fed indicator to track labor statistics. How useful is it?
  48. The World's Top 10 Economies

    A look at the top 10 economies in the world.
  49. Why It Is Important to Follow Crude Oil Inventories

    Discover what oil inventories are, how they are communicated and what important insights they provide into the state of the ...
  50. Time to Bring Active Back into a Portfolio?

    While stocks have rallied since the economic recovery in 2009, many active portfolio managers have struggled to deliver investor ...
  51. Why Interest Rates Affect Everyone

    Learn why interest rates are one of the most important economic variables and how every individual and business is affected ...
  52. Investing Opportunities as Central Banks Diverge

    After the Paris attacks investors are focusing on central bank policy and its potential for divergence: tightened by the ...
  53. Long-Term Investing Impact of the Paris Attacks

    We share some insights on how the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could impact the economy and markets going forward.
  54. 5 States with the Highest GDP Per Capita

    Learn about the top five states ranked by their real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as of 2014: Alaska, North Dakota, ...
  55. The Hunger Games Economy: 5 Unanswered Questions About Panem

    The Hunger Games's fictitious nation of Panem has technology, black markets, and government. But, we know precious little ...
  56. Understanding Donald Trump's Stance on China

    Find out why China bothers Donald Trump so much, and why the 2016 Republican presidential candidate argues for a return to ...
  57. Adjustable Rate Mortgage: What Happens When Interest Rates Go Up

    Adjustable rate mortgages can save borrowers money, but they can't go into it blind. In order to benefit from an ARM, you ...
  58. Will Paris Attacks Undo the European Union Dream?

    Last Friday's attacks in Paris are transforming the migrant crisis into an EU security threat, which could undermine the ...
  59. Personal Loan Rates: 6 Ways to Find the Best Deals

    Terms can vary tremendously, so you better shop around, both in person and online.
  60. What Slow Global Growth Means for Portfolios

    While U.S. growth remains relatively resilient, global growth continues to slip.
  61. Will a Hike in Interest Rates Affect the US Dollar?

    Learn about how rising U.S. interest rates affect the U.S. dollar and where the dollar could be heading once the rising rate ...
  62. Can Deflation Be Good?

    General economic theory consensus rules that deflation is bad for the economy. But the Swiss economy, which is growing despite ...
  63. 10 Ways to Protect Your Investments From an Interest Rate Hike

    Learn investment considerations and wealth-management options that aim to safeguard investor goals while interest rates rise ...
  64. Return on Investment (ROI) Vs. Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

    Read about the similarities and differences between an investment's internal rate of return (IRR) and its return on investment ...
  65. The Next Big ETFs Might Be From Latin America

    These ETFs are an excellent place to start for any investor interested in betting on Latin America.
  66. World Bank Data For Dummies

    Developing countries can't always afford to track the data crucial to setting the right economic policies and programs. That's ...
  67. Should You Get A Six Sigma Black Belt? Average Salary: 98K

    Interested in the Six Sigma Black Belt but unsure whether you need one? Here's a guide to it and how it differs from other ...
  68. Learn To Use This Leading Indicator of Home Sales

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  69. Is US Inflation Too Low?

    One reason the Fed has delayed its first rate hike: U.S. inflation has been persistently running below the stated 2 % level ...
  70. 2 Investing Implications of Higher US Rates

    While U.S. economic data continue to come in mixed, the numbers still point to decent U.S. economic growth.
  71. Hillary Clinton Promises Free College and Higher Wages

    With income inequality on the rise, Hillary Clinton is running on raising the minimum wage, raising middle class wages, and ...
  72. 10 Tips for Creating a Strong Digital Brand When Job Hunting

    A polished resume and cover letter are no longer enough. Companies want candidates with a strong digital brand.
  73. What Markets Poised to Benefit if the Fed Waits?

    Late last month, the Fed reminded that a 2015 rate hike is still a possibility; there are certain segments of the market ...
  74. 5 Ways to Play the Stock Market after an Interest Rate Hike

    When the Fed will raises rates is still the unknown, but if it happens investors can benefit. Financials, consumer and growth ...
  75. How to Manage Corporate Change in the Modern Economy

    Change can make employees uncomfortable, but these keys can help ease the transition and increase morale.
  76. How CPI Affects the Dollar Against Other Currencies

    The Consumer Price Index is a broad measure of inflation, and inflation can have a dramatic impact on a currency's value ...
  77. How Smart Companies Are Keeping Employees Engaged

    Engaged employees are essential to your company's success. Learn what's important to your employees and make those things ...
  78. Why U.S. Investors are Concerned About China

    Since the U.S. and China's economic relationship is so extensive, the recent Chinese turmoil has elicited fear in the eyes ...
  79. How Top Employers Attract and Retain Workers

    While a lucrative salary is a good start, companies must do more to attract and retain the new generation of workers.
  80. In Focus: Water Scarcity

    After a discussion, sponsored by CDP, we share the importance of water disclosure as it relates to businesses operating amid ...
  81. Rising Rates and Annuities: What You Shoud Know

    The Fed is likely to increase interest rates sometime soon. How will this affect the annuity market and when you should buy ...
  82. Will There Be a Rate Hike in December?

    The odds of a rate hike just got bigger. Will it happen in December?
  83. Top 5 Cities with the Highest Inflation in the US

    Find out which American cities are hit hardest by inflation, and why California residents find themselves in a bigger pinch ...
  84. Does Weather Affect the Stock Market?

    Find out if the weather can change the stock market, and why economists and meteorologists will probably always struggle ...
  85. How China and Taiwan Each Operate Economies As The One True China

    Taiwan grapples with diplomatic isolation while issues regarding its status remain unresolved and so does the question of ...
  86. Most Valuable Career Skills in 2016

    Evaluating the mixture of technical skills and traditional "soft skills" that render career applicants competitive in the ...
  87. 10 Countries With Lower Interest Rates Than the US

    Learn about the 10 countries with lower interest rates than the United States and how interest rates indicate a country's ...
  88. A Review of Bernie Sanders' Economic Policies

    With income and wealth inequality on the rise, Bernie Sanders has made reducing inequality the main focus of his presidential ...
  89. How The Unemployment Rate Affects Everybody

    Depending on how it's measured, the unemployment rate is open to interpretation. Learn how to find the real rate.
  90. Why Rational Ignorance About Your Investments Might Really Be OK

    It's impossible to know everything about the markets. Find out how ignorance affects your investments.
  91. 5 Reasons to Invest in Municipal Bonds When the Fed Hikes Rates

    Discover five reasons why investing in municipal bonds after the Fed hikes interest rates, and not before, can be a great ...
  92. 5 Techniques to Help You Land Your Dream Job

    These little-known tips will give you a major advantage over other applicants no matter where you hope to work.
  93. How a Strong Dollar is Affecting Your International Investments

    It is important to remember, whenever you invest overseas, whether its equity or capital, you are betting on both the performance ...
  94. How Monetary Policy Impacts Income Inequality

    Income inequality is growing. Does monetary policy have a critical impact on its widening gap?
  95. Why Blue Chip Stocks Are Key to Buy-and Hold Investing

    Several blue chip stocks have proven that buy-and-hold investing still works, even after the huge declines of the Great Recession.
  96. Are Your ETFs Too Risky? Learn How to Evaluate Them

    Learn how to identify ETFs with greater risk and volatility. See why some investors include higher volatility ETFs in pursuit ...
  97. Why The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Is Good News For American Companies

    Even though the full text of TPP is not yet available, preliminary indications are that it will benefit American companies. ...
  98. A Brief History of Income Inequality in the United States

    Income inequality is plaguing the U.S. economy, but a peek into the past reveals that the current situation is largely a ...
  99. Could Europe's Migrant Crisis Help its Economy?

    Middle class migrants are uniquely positioned to contribute to economic growth in Europe.
  100. How Labor Force Participation Rate Affects U.S. Unemployment

    While a falling unemployment rate sounds like a good thing, it can actually be indicative of people leaving the labor force ...
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