Economics Articles

  1. Retiring: Is $1 Million Enough?

    Find out why this magic number has lost some of its lustre as a retirement savings target.
  2. Inflation: The Inside Story

    Understanding what the Consumer Price Index says about inflation, can be very important for investors.
  3. Global Bailout: Did The U.K. Do Enough?

    The stimulus packages through the recession varied from country to country. Only time will tell who weathered the storm best.
  4. Dubai May Be Least Of World's Debt Problems

    Sovereign borrowers, including the U.S., face reckoning.
  5. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  6. Make Money With The Consumer Cyclical And Staple Indicator

    Knowing the difference between what consumers need and what they want can help you target your stock picks to follow consumer buying trends.
  7. The Federal Reserve: Too Powerful?

    The Federal Reserve needs its power in order to make the tough decisions that politicians can't.
  8. The Minimum Wage: Does It Matter?

    Despite paying one of the highest minimum wages in the world, the minimum wage is a perpetual hot potato among politicians in the United States.
  9. Spice Up Your Portfolio With International Bonds

    Going global can add flavor and diversity to an otherwise bland basket of bonds.
  10. Overcoming 5 Major Retirement Risks

    Retirement can be pricey but there are ways to boost your savings and minimize your costs.
  11. Top 10 Financial Blessings Of 2009

    It's been a tough year for the broad economy, but the fact that we've emerged from the brink of economic collapse gives us plenty to be grateful for.
  12. Beeronomics: Factors Affecting Your Pint

    Beer is a complex beverage shaped by supply and demand, production and distribution, with regulation thrown in for that extra kick.
  13. The 5 Most Influential Bankers Of All Time

    These bankers shaped the current financial system - though some didn't live to see the fruits of their labor.
  14. The Louvre Accord: The Fight Against U.S. Dollar Deflation

    After the Plaza Accord, the U.S. dollar continuously declined. In an effort to put on the brakes, the G6 convened.
  15. Recession Stats You Need To Know

    We take a look at some of the most quoted recession statistics, and find out how they're calculated and who they affect.
  16. U.S. Weak Dollar Policy Big Threat To Economy

    News flash to Washington and Wall Street: The risk to our financial system is not the misperception of an overvalued dollar, but rather it is our overriding debt.
  17. The Plaza Accord: The World Intervenes In Currency Markets

    In 1985, the G-5 nations signed an agreement to devalue the United States currency and correct the GDP. To an extent, it worked. But there were casualties.
  18. Did the Stimulus Work? It Depends On Who You Ask

    Did the federal government's stimulus effort work or did it fail? What seems like a straightforward area of inquiry has become a political football.
  19. How Unemployment Affects You (Even If You're Working)

    Rebounding from a stint of unemployment can be a frustrating thing to do. These tips should soften the blow.
  20. Why We Splurge When Times Are Good

    The concept of elasticity of demand is part of every purchase you make. Find out how it works.
  21. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  22. Is It Time To Raise Interest Rates?

    The Fed has good reason for staying the course on interest rates.
  23. Profiting From A Consumerless Recovery

    Recovering from an economic slump isn't the easiest thing to do, but here are a few potential methods of rebuilding.
  24. Do Cheap Imported Goods Cost Americans Jobs?

    Flooding the market with cheap products can mean job losses and even market collapse - but dumping isn't as threatening as it seems.
  25. Why Wages Stick When The Economy Shifts

    Even economists can't agree on the impact (or even existence) of wage stickiness. So, how does it affect you?
  26. 8 Small Towns With High Employment Rates

    For higher employment rates, small towns are usually the right place to look.
  27. 3 Factors That Drive The U.S. Dollar

    We look at three important factors that affect U.S. dollar value, and how to determine when it's the right time to buy currency.
  28. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and keeping.
  29. Breaking Down The U.S. Budget Deficit

    Find out why this particular piece of national financing gets so much attention from the media and investors.
  30. State-Run Economies: From Public To Private

    Find out how former Iron Curtain countries used private enterprise to join the world financial markets.
  31. Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Find out why some companies thrive while others flounder.
  32. Free Market Maven: Milton Friedman

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  33. Market Cycles: The Key To Maximum Returns

    You need to understand the various phases of the market cycle to avoid bubbles and make the best investments.
  34. Look Smart: Financial Calculations You Can Do In Your Head

    Ditch your financial calculator and use these handy tips for estimating complex financial calculations on the fly.
  35. The U.S. And China Play Chicken With Other People's Money

    What do the newly-introduced tariffs mean to the average investor?
  36. If America Was A Person

    So much has changed in such a short period of time the question is what, or who, exactly, is America today?
  37. Current Account Deficits: Government Investment Or Irresponsibility?

    Deficit can be a sign of trouble for some countries, and of health for others. Find out what it means when more funds are exiting than entering a nation.
  38. The New World Of Emerging Market Currencies

    Take advantage of foreign currency markets without stepping out of your house.
  39. What Are Economies Of Scale?

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  40. In Praise Of Trade Deficits

    When a country imports more than it exports, is it a recipe for disaster or just part of a larger cycle?
  41. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

    Avoid unnecesary risks involved in CAPM calculations by also incorporating ICAPM into the mix.
  42. Dangers Of A Double Dip Recession

    Though a double-dip recession is possible, if all bricks fall into place, it's not likely.
  43. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  44. 3 Ways Immigration Helps And Hurts The Economy

    Immigration can be a touchy subject, but here's the economic point of view.
  45. Bartering Through A Cash Crisis

    Bartering can save you money and make use of your talents, find out how to get started.
  46. The Economics Of Pet Ownership

    Before you bring a furry friend into your household, make sure you can handle the hefty financial commitment.
  47. Financial Forecasting: The Bayesian Method

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  48. Should Interest Rates Go Up?

    An increase in interest rates could prove that that the Fed really believes the U.S. economy is starting to grow.
  49. A Simplified Approach To Calculating Volatility

    Though most investors use standard deviation to determine volatility, there's an easier and more accurate way of doing it.
  50. A Brief History Of Credit Rating Agencies

    Credit rating agencies have a long history in this country. Learn about what they do and how were they developed.
  51. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  52. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  53. On This Day In Finance: July 31 - Nobel Prize Recipient Milton Friedman Is Born

    Milton Friedman was born on this day 97 years ago, and had one of the largest impacts on 20th century economics.
  54. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

    We all know names like Rockefeller, but there are other influential pioneers of finance in America's history.
  55. The 9 Worst Career Choices Right Now

    These careers are on the way out; here are some alternatives you can switch to.
  56. On This Day In Finance: July 17 - America's First Millionaire Is Born

    John Jacob Astor, a fur trader, was the first recorded millionaire in America.
  57. Top 6 Factors That Drive Investment In China

    FDI in China surpassed $100 billion in 2010, certain key factors drive foreign direct investment.
  58. The Real Cost Of Drinking Coffee

    How much is your morning jolt hurting your wallet? More than half of Americans drink coffee every day, and the costs add up.
  59. The Great Inflation Of The 1970s

    Political moves meant prevent unemployment served to do the opposite, creating one of the worst fiscal disasters of the century.
  60. 5 Tales Of Out-Of-Control Inflation

    Hyperinflation can make a $1,000 bill look like chump change.
  61. Unions: Do They Help Or Hurt Workers?

    Learn the pros and cons of these organizations and how they fit into today's economy.
  62. Financial "News": When Opinion Becomes Fact

    News agencies and financial journalists aren't actually analysts, so don't believe everything you read.
  63. Should You Refinance Your Mortgage When Interest Rates Drop?

    Refinancing is a great way for many homeowners to improve their financial situation - but beware of the downsides.
  64. On This Day In Finance: June 18 - Trade Issues Trigger Declaration of War

    Britain's intereference in U.S. trade and shipping triggers a declaration of war.
  65. The Giants Of Finance: Andrew Carnegie

    Though not as well-remembered as some of his contemporaries, Andrew Carnegie's legacy is strong and moralistic.
  66. On This Day In Finance: June 17 - The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930

    On June 17, 1930, the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act is signed into law.
  67. Can Keynesian Economics Reduce Boom-Bust Cycles?

    Learn about a British economist's proposed solution to a common economic problem.
  68. Free Markets: What's The Cost?

    Some argue that when the free market fails to protect consumers, government regulation is required.
  69. Will California Go Bust?

    California is in deep financial trouble with a state debt in the billions. Will someone bail them out or are they going bust?
  70. What The Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us

    The unemployment rate is climbing, but what does it mean?
  71. Stagflation, 1970s Style

    Find out how Milton Friedman's monetarist theory helped bring the U.S. out of the economic doldrums.
  72. How Interest Rate Cuts Affect Consumers

    Traders rejoice when the Fed drops the rate, but is it good news for all? Find out here.
  73. Inflation: It's A Good Thing

    Increasing prices may not be what strapped consumers want to see, but they're just what economists are hoping for right now.
  74. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  75. The Dark Side Of The WTO

    The World Trade Organization has its share of detractors. Find out why this international entity has such harsh critics.
  76. How To Use Gross National Product As An Indicator

    Learn what the GNP truly represents, and how its misuse can manipulate the facts.
  77. Listen To The Market, Not Its Pundits

    Tuning in to pundits is fine, but investors should rely on their own research when making important decisions.
  78. The Linear Regression Of Time and Price

    This investment strategy can help investors be successful by identifying price trends while eliminating human bias.
  79. Hedge Your Bets With Inflation-Linked Bonds

    ILBs such as TIPS and I-Bonds allow investors to curb the corrosive effects of inflation and increase portfolio diversification.
  80. Adam Smith And "The Wealth Of Nations"

    Adam Smith's 1776 classic may have had the largest global impact on economic thought.
  81. How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved

    These mortgage giants had to be put under government conservatorship, driving home the gravity of the subprime crisis.
  82. Forging Frontier Markets

    Pioneering is never easy, but it has its exciting - and worthwhile - moments for investors.
  83. The Economics Of Labor Mobility

    Loosening labor restrictions has both good and bad effects for a country and its workers.
  84. Investment Misselling A Global Problem

    When banks and advisors focus on fees and commissions, it is investors and the market that take the hit.
  85. How Basel 1 Affected Banks

    This 1988 agreement sought to decrease the potential for bankruptcy among major international banks.
  86. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  87. Examining The Phillips Curve

    This model depicts an inverse relationship between unemployment and wage inflation, but is it accurate?
  88. Recession And Depression: They Aren't So Bad

    Financial downturns are part of the economic cycle and may have important long-term benefits.
  89. Trademarks Of A Takeover Target

    These tips can lead you to little companies with big prospects.
  90. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  91. A Review Of Past Recessions

    Here we look at the biggest economic declines in the U.S. since the Great Depression.
  92. World's Wackiest Stock Indicators

    Can butter production help you predict the market's next move? Find out here.
  93. Giants Of Finance: John Maynard Keynes

    This rock star of economics advocated government intervention at a time of free-market thinking.
  94. Bond Yield Curve Holds Predictive Powers

    This measure can shed light on future economic activity, inflation levels and interest rates.
  95. Rate Cuts Don't Guarantee Great Returns

    Pundits often advise buying after the Fed cuts interest rates, but this advice could cost you.
  96. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  97. Overseas Investing No Protection Against Downturn

    The U.S. economy affects many other countries. Find out what this can mean for overseas investments.
  98. Economic Meltdowns: Let Them Burn Or Stamp Them Out?

    Whether the Fed should intervene in market bubbles is up for debate. Learn about both sides here.
  99. NAFTA's Winners And Losers

    Read on to find out who this free-trade agreement helped, and who it hurt.
  100. The Basics Of Game Theory

    Break down and examine the potential consequences of economic/financial scenarios.
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