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  1. The U.S. Dollar: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    The U.S. dollar is by far the most significant currency in the global market. Find out what you need to know if you want ...
  2. The Basics Of Tariffs And Trade Barriers

    Everything you need to know - from the different types of tariffs to their effects on the local economy.
  3. 6 Reasons Gold Could Go Higher

    Gold seems to be everywhere, but will it really deliver the way analysts are predicting?
  4. How Equities Affect The FX Market

    We look at how you can predict a currency movement by studying the stock market.
  5. 5 Ways The United States Can Get Out Of Debt

    Can the U.S. government tighten their belt enough to dig out of this debt?
  6. The Risks Of Sovereign Bonds

    Sovereign debt can play an important role in providing international diversification to individual investors.
  7. Forex: Trading The U.S. Nonfarm Payroll Report

    The U.S. nonfarm payrolls will always serve as an important piece of news for the currency investor and trader.
  8. How Global Events Affect The Forex Market

    Learn how politics, war and natural disasters move the forex market, and how you should respond.
  9. Why You Should Not Invest In Gold In 2011

    Though gold has seen impressive growth in the last five years, this may not be the best time to jump in.
  10. QE2: The End Is Near

    With the end of a major easing program in sight, there is great uncertainty about what will happen to the financial markets ...
  11. Should Congress Raise The Debt Ceiling?

    Some members of Congress say the debt ceiling must be raised while others insist it's time Uncle Sam learned how to get by ...
  12. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  13. Using The ISM Manufacturing Index To Find Forex Trends

    Learn the details behind the ISM Manufacturing Index and how you can use this data to find trends in the foreign exchange ...
  14. Do You Need A Debt Ceiling?

    Debt ceilings may not be right for everyone, but they can be a useful tool.
  15. 5 Reports That Affect The British Pound

    The pound is one of the world's most popular traded currencies, and is heavily impacted by these factors.
  16. 5 Reports That Affect The U.S. Dollar

    These five reports provide short- and long-term insight into the valuation of the U.S. dollar.
  17. 5 Economic Reports That Affect The Euro

    There are hundreds of reports affecting the FX market. Find out which ones are the most relevant for traders.
  18. Why Can't Economists Agree?

    There are many reasons why economists can be given the same data and come up with entirely different conclusions.
  19. Economic Factors That Affect The Forex Market

    Knowing the factors and indicators to watch will help you keep pace in the competitive and fast-moving world of forex.
  20. Should You Buy Gold To Hedge Against U.S. Debt?

    Given America's debt situation and the current economic climate, piling into gold might seem like a no-brainer. But it isn't ...
  21. A Guide To Investing In Oil Markets

    Find out how to take advantage of this market without having to open a futures account.
  22. 4 Ways To Forecast Currency Changes

    Whether you are a business or a trader, having an exchange rate forecast to guide your decisions helps to minimize risks ...
  23. The Factors That Will Cause $6-Per-Gallon Gas

    Find out why some analysts believe we could soon be paying six dollars per gallon for gas.
  24. What S&P's Warning On U.S. Debt Means

    A downgrade of the U.S. credit rating could have far-reaching effects across markets.
  25. Hamburger Economics: The Big Mac Index

    In theory, PPP stands up much better than it does in reality. Find out how to evaluate currencies according to the price ...
  26. Why Interest Rates Matter For Forex Traders

    Central banks' rate changes are one of the biggest influences on the forex market.
  27. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need To Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  28. The Fab Five: South Africa Joins BRIC

    South Africa's inclusion in BRIC is considered premature by some, but there could be a method to the madness.
  29. Why You Should Care About Chinese Inflation

    Because of the close ties created by global trade, China's inflation problem is our problem too.
  30. How Inflation-Fighting Techniques Affect The Currency Market

    Central banks use these strategies to calm inflation, but they can also provide longer-term clues for forex traders.
  31. Top Stock Target Price Misfires

    Learn the details behind notable earnings estimates that drastically missed their mark.
  32. Deadly Flaws In Major Market Indicators

    These indicators give investors and experts some data to work with, but they're far from perfect measures.
  33. The Difference Between Finance And Economics

    Learn the differences between these closely related disciplines and how they inform and influence each other.
  34. Are We Losing The Middle Class?

    Find out where your income and lifestyle put you compared to the national average.
  35. How The Federal Reserve Manages Money Supply

    Find out how the Fed manages bank reserves and this contributes to a stable economy.
  36. 7 Reasons You Shouldn't Invest In Oil

    The prediction of record oil prices isn't enough to make this commodity a good investment.
  37. Protect Your Portfolio Against Inflation And Deflation

    Inflation and deflation are opposite sides of the same coin. When both are threatening, here's what to do to keep your portfolio ...
  38. Why The Yen Is So Strong

    We look at why the yen strengthened after the tsunami and how it impacts the global economy.
  39. 5 Government Statistics You Can't Trust

    Government economic statistics carry a lot of weight, but there are some significant gaps in the methodology.
  40. 8 Basic Forex Market Concepts

    We go over some of the things you need to understand before you can trade currencies.
  41. Betting On March Madness? Watch Out For The Tax Man

    Gambling on your office bracket is one thing, but gambling on your tax bracket is another. Learn how to keep more of your ...
  42. 4 Benefits Of Rising Oil Prices

    Although it may seem odd, higher oil prices can actually lead to some positive outcomes.
  43. March Madness Economics

    One of the greatest tournaments in basketball brings in a lot of cash.
  44. The Dangers Of Deflation

    We look at what life would be like in a deflationary environment, and what you can do to protect your investments.
  45. 3 Economic Reasons Behind The Protests In Egypt

    Find out the underlying issues that have led to the recent protests and change in government in Egypt.
  46. An Introduction To Hyperinflation

    Hyperinflation isn't some historical curiosity. It is a very real risk that countries and governments still struggle with ...
  47. How Governments Influence Markets

    The biggest influence in the markets today can create some unintended consequences.
  48. How The Loch Ness Monster Affects The Economy

    Do sightings of Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs lead to massive market fluctuations?
  49. An Explanation Of Stagflation

    Find out how stagflation is measured, what factors contribute to it and how to protect your finances.
  50. Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  51. How To Manage Bull Put Option Spreads

    Learn how to halt options losses when the market moves quickly in an unfavorable direction.
  52. 4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

    Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
  53. 2 Indexes That Help Assess Market Behavior

    The Herrick Payoff Index and New-High New-Low Index are some of the more interesting (and often complex) measures of crowd ...
  54. Government Regulations: Do They Help Businesses?

    These rules are in place to protect consumers and help businesses thrive at the same time.
  55. 2 Key Tactics Retailers Use To Increase Sales

    Many companies use versioning and bundling to increase sales. These strategies can offer value to consumers, but they also ...
  56. What Determines Gas Prices?

    Gas prices are influenced by more than supply and demand. Find out what determines the price you pay at the pump.
  57. How Unemployment Stats Affect Employed People

    Unemployment is still hovering close to 10%, but what does it all mean to you? Find out how unemployment statistics affect ...
  58. Cautionary Signs For International Investors

    "Going global" is a fashionable investing style, but investors should know the risks.
  59. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

    These events can precipitate a rise in the price at the pump - keep your eyes peeled
  60. What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

    Understanding interest rates helps you answer the fundamental question of where to put your money.
  61. Taking Advantage Of Central Bank Interventions

    These interventions provide great opportunities for investors and traders to seize entries into longer-term trends.
  62. Do Americans Get A Discount On Everything?

    Americans almost certainly get a benefit from the dollar's global stature - including a significant break in interest rates. ...
  63. 5 Countries With Low Taxes

    These countries manage to keep their overall tax levels in check, and some of them have done well because of it.
  64. 7 Countries Raising The Minimum Wage

    Beijing city recently increased minimum wages by 21%, find out what other areas of the world are paying more.
  65. Using Base Metals As An Economic Indicator

    Base metals may not glitter like gold, but they can still guide an investor to a conclusion about overall economic health. ...
  66. Water Cooler Finance: Conflicting Job Reports And A Facebook IPO

    With forecasted employment growth, robust tech and automakers, and some serious social media stock action, it's an exciting ...
  67. Explaining The World Through Macroeconomic Analysis

    From unemployment and inflation to government policy, learn what macroeconomics measures and how it affects everyone.
  68. 10 Financial Blessings Of 2010

    Bad news usually dominates the headlines, but there were plenty of positive developments in 2010.
  69. Understanding The Basel III International Regulations

    The Basel III regulations mark a drastic reform in international banking. But how do they impact the future's investment ...
  70. What Countries Get For Their High Taxes

    Are there advantages to having the highest taxes in the world? Let's take a look at what the citizens in these countries ...
  71. The Pitfalls Of Financial Regulation

    Regulatory actions usually have lofty intentions that end up with unintended and negative consequences.
  72. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends. ...
  73. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  74. History Of The U.S. Federal Trade Commission

    Since the early 1900s, the Federal Trade Commission has been working to protect U.S. citizens from corporations.
  75. The Story Behind The Irish Meltdown

    Once a lesson in national renewal, Ireland is learning that success can be fleeting. Learn the story behind Ireland's crumbling ...
  76. Water Cooler Finance: Insiders, Door Busters And Debt Contagion

    Although Thanksgiving festivities made last week a short business week, it wasn't short on new developments for the markets ...
  77. 5 Products That Cost Way More In Canada

    Despite the CAD flirting with parity to the USD, many Canadians still shop stateside for deals. Here are five products that ...
  78. Who Stands To Benefit From QE2?

    With the Fed opening the tap again, some specific industries could see easy money come their way.
  79. A History Of U.S. Monopolies

    These monoliths helped develop the economy and infrastructure at the expense of competition.
  80. The Economy And The Market: A Tale Of 2 Indicators

    The economy is still suffering, but the stock market seems to be doing fantastic business - we look at how this can happen, ...
  81. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among ...
  82. Jobless Recovery: The New Normal Since 1990

    Just because the economy rebounds from a recession does not mean the unemployment rate will follow.
  83. Water Cooler Finance: Rising Markets And Buffett's Successor

    Rising employment, feuding tech firms and some very big news out of Nebraska has made for a very eventful week in financial ...
  84. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  85. How To Invest In Everyday Products

    Investors are often told to "invest in what you know." Find out what companies make the products you use daily.
  86. The 6 Fastest-Growing Economies

    A look at the economic growth in several developing countries.
  87. What Is Quantitative Easing?

    This is the latest economic buzzword; find out what it is and how it will affect you.
  88. House Price Vs. Interest Rate: Which Is More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowners Association ...
  89. 4 Key Factors To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    Buying stocks is a careful balance of risk and reward. Learn to identify your risk tolerance and financial goals with these ...
  90. Drastic Currency Changes: What's The Cause?

    Currency fluctuations often defy logic. Learn the trends and factors that result in these movements.
  91. Commodity Prices Are Pinching Consumers

    Prices of commodities - cotton, wheat, coffee, etc. - have recently spiked. Learn how that affects consumers.
  92. How The Federal Reserve Was Formed

    Find out how this institution has stabilized the U.S. economy during economic downturn.
  93. Water Cooler Finance: The Post-Stimulus Slump

    The recession may be over, but the market is still sluggish.
  94. When The Federal Reserve Intervenes (And Why)

    The Federal Reserve doesn't interfere with the economy every time it flounders. Find out more here.
  95. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

    Find out what reports to watch in order to anticipate and react to market movements.
  96. What's Preventing Inflation?

    These economic factors are keeping inflation in check.
  97. Compound Annual Growth Rate: What You Should Know

    The CAGR is a good and valuable tool to evaluate investment options, but it does not tell the whole story.
  98. Market News That Seems Promising - But Isn't

    Not all good news is created equal. Find out how some positive stock market news can actually be bad news for investors. ...
  99. Global Trade And The Currency Market

    Learn how the Bretton Woods system got the ball rolling for world trade.
  100. 6 Outrageously Overpriced Products

    From movie theater popcorn to printer ink, here are six of the most ridiculously overpriced products consumers can't seem ...
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