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  1. Spice Up Your Portfolio With International Bonds

    Going global can add flavor and diversity to an otherwise bland basket of bonds.
  2. 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 ...
  3. Overcoming 5 Major Retirement Risks

    Retirement can be pricey but there are ways to boost your savings and minimize your costs.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. ...
  8. 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, ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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.
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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.
  13. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

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

    The Fed has good reason for staying the course on interest rates.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 ...
  17. 8 Small Towns With High Employment Rates

    For higher employment rates, small towns are usually the right place to look.
  18. 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?
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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. ...
  21. 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.
  22. State-Run Economies: From Public To Private

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

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

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. The U.S. And China Play Chicken With Other People's Money

    What do the newly-introduced tariffs mean to the average investor?
  28. 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?
  29. 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 ...
  30. The New World Of Emerging Market Currencies

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

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  32. 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?
  33. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

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

    Though a double-dip recession is possible, if all bricks fall into place, it's not likely.
  35. 3 Ways Immigration Helps And Hurts The Economy

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

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

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

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  39. 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.
  40. 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. ...
  41. 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.
  42. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

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

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  44. 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.
  45. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

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

    These careers are on the way out; here are some alternatives you can switch to.
  47. 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.
  48. Top 6 Factors That Drive Investment In China

    FDI in China surpassed $100 billion in 2010, certain key factors drive foreign direct investment.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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. ...
  51. 5 Tales Of Out-Of-Control Inflation

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

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

    News agencies and financial journalists aren't actually analysts, so don't believe everything you read.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. The Giants Of Finance: Andrew Carnegie

    Though not as well-remembered as some of his contemporaries, Andrew Carnegie's legacy is strong and moralistic.
  57. Can Keynesian Economics Reduce Boom-Bust Cycles?

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

    Some argue that when the free market fails to protect consumers, government regulation is required.
  59. What The Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us

    The unemployment rate is climbing, but what does it mean?
  60. 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? ...
  61. Stagflation, 1970s Style

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

    Traders rejoice when the Fed drops the rate, but is it good news for all? Find out here.
  63. 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. ...
  64. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  65. How To Use Gross National Product As An Indicator

    Learn what the GNP truly represents, and how its misuse can manipulate the facts.
  66. 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.
  67. The Linear Regression Of Time and Price

    This investment strategy can help investors be successful by identifying price trends while eliminating human bias.
  68. 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. ...
  69. Forging Frontier Markets

    Pioneering is never easy, but it has its exciting - and worthwhile - moments for investors.
  70. 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.
  71. World's Wackiest Stock Indicators

    Can butter production help you predict the market's next move? Find out here.
  72. The Basics Of Game Theory

    Break down and examine the potential consequences of economic/financial scenarios.
  73. Overseas Investing No Protection Against Downturn

    The U.S. economy affects many other countries. Find out what this can mean for overseas investments.
  74. The Wonderful World Of Mergers

    While acquisitions can be hostile, these varied mergers are always friendly.
  75. NAFTA's Winners And Losers

    Read on to find out who this free-trade agreement helped, and who it hurt.
  76. Rate Cuts Don't Guarantee Great Returns

    Pundits often advise buying after the Fed cuts interest rates, but this advice could cost you.
  77. Trademarks Of A Takeover Target

    These tips can lead you to little companies with big prospects.
  78. Recession And Depression: They Aren't So Bad

    Financial downturns are part of the economic cycle and may have important long-term benefits.
  79. Monte Carlo Simulation With GBM

    Learn to predict future events through a series of random trials.
  80. How Basel 1 Affected Banks

    This 1988 agreement sought to decrease the potential for bankruptcy among major international banks.
  81. Exploring The Exponentially Weighted Moving Average

    Learn how to calculate a metric that improves on simple variance.
  82. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  83. Introduction To Stationary And Non-Stationary Processes

    What to know about stationary and non-stationary processes before you try to model or forecast.
  84. Giants Of Finance: John Maynard Keynes

    This rock star of economics advocated government intervention at a time of free-market thinking.
  85. What Is The World Trade Organization?

    The WTO sets the global rules of trade. But what exactly does it do and why do so many oppose it?
  86. Tales From The Trenches: Perfectly Negative Profitability

    Use correlations to profit when two specific instruments move in opposite directions.
  87. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  88. The Impact Of Interest Rates On Real Estate Investment Trusts

    REITs are high-yield investments, but do they have an inverse relationship with interest rates? Find out here.
  89. The Money Market: A Look Back

    Learn how past inflationary periods can predict future real rates of return for cash investments.
  90. Bond Yield Curve Holds Predictive Powers

    This measure can shed light on future economic activity, inflation levels and interest rates.
  91. An Introduction To LIBOR

    This influential rate is published daily in Britain, and felt all around the world.
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