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  1. Is OPEC The World's Unofficial Oil Central Bank?

    Could OPEC ever function as a central bank for crude oil? Not likely.
  2. Top Skills Of The Best Quant Traders

    Lured by high salaries and perks of quant trading? Find out what skills and traits you need to become a quant trader.
  3. What's Behind Thailand's GDP Rollercoaster?

    Understanding the economic composition of Thailand, a vibrant South-Asian nation.
  4. 5 Ways to Up Your Chance of Getting a Mortgage

    Tips and ways to improve your chances of getting a mortgage.
  5. Why High Yield Still Has A Role To Play

    An asset class of this bull market has been high yield debt, as many searching for income in a low-rate world have turned ...
  6. Comparing Reverse Mortgages vs. Forward Mortgages

    Which one a homeowner chooses depends on where you are at this point in your life, personally and financially.
  7. 2 Countries That Are Friends With North Korea

    Learn about the few international allies of North Korea and the reasons the country is largely politically isolated from ...
  8. 3 Reasons Germany Would Be Better Off Without the Euro

    Explore the arguments in favor or against the idea that Germany would be better off leaving the European Union and abandoning ...
  9. Boom in Bourbon Demand Creates Barrel Shortage

    Learn about the surge in demand for bourbon, and specifically how a shortage of oak barrels in 2015 is impacting the whiskey ...
  10. A Look at How China Controls Its Population

    Discover the many tactics China utilizes to control its population, and learn how the population control movement is driven ...
  11. 4 Reasons Why Snapchat's Business Model Could Work

    Learn about the company Snapchat and how it operates. Understand the Snapchat business model and if it's strong enough to ...
  12. Is It Time to Invest in Fitbit? (NYSE: FIT, NASDAQ: AAPL)

    Understand the company Fitbit, what industry it operates in and what products it offers. Learn whether Fitbit is a good investment ...
  13. Will Tech Stocks Survive Higher Interest Rates? (AAPL, GOOG)

    Learn why large tech companies such as Apple and Google are likely to not be impacted by interest rate increases, but newer ...
  14. Does the Empire State Index Signal a Recession?

    This morning, the New York Federal Reserve Bank reported the worst numbers in six years for its August 2015 Empire State ...
  15. The Rules for Getting an FHA Reverse Mortgage

    A reverse mortgage can make it affordable for you to live in your home for the rest of your life. But make sure you know ...
  16. Is Puerto Rico the Next Greece?

    Find out why the Puerto Rican debt downgrade does not necessarily mean the Caribbean island territory is the next Greece ...
  17. 3 Value Stocks Millennials Should Consider (COF, GILD)

    Understand what a value stock is and why a value stock would be attractive to a millennial. Learn about three value stocks ...
  18. YouTube Can Be A Real Threat for Netflix (GOOG, NFLX)

    Understand the similarities and differences between YouTube and Netflix. Learn about three key reasons why YouTube can become ...
  19. Who Will Win the Fitbit vs. Apple Watch Race? (NYSE: FIT, NASDAQ: AAPL)

    Understand the benefits and drawbacks of Fitbit's products and Apple's Watch. Learn which company is poised to take control ...
  20. China Looking to Deleverage its Existing Debt

    Learn about a possible debt bubble developing in China, and how the Chinese government may be selling assets to deleverage ...
  21. Understanding Janet Yellen's Role On Interest Rates

    Learn about Janet Yellen's role at the Federal Reserve. At first she was known as a dove, but Yellen has actually been quiet ...
  22. 4 Ways Airlines Hedge Against Oil

    Understand what a fuel hedge is and why an airline company would want to implement a hedging strategy. Learn about the different ...
  23. Understanding the Oil & Gas Price Correlation

    Learn how the correlation between the commodity prices for natural gas and oil changed from 2004 to 2015 due to increased ...
  24. Understanding How the Federal Reserve Creates Money

    Read about how the Federal Reserve actually targets and creates new money in the economy, and find out why the savings and ...
  25. 5 Companies That Are Changing the World We Live In (F, GOOG)

    Learn about the different types of companies that are changing the world; discover five specific companies that represent ...
  26. What Makes Oil Prices Go Up Or Down

    A look at the top factors and reports that affect the price of oil.
  27. 3 High-Yield Investment Grade Stocks You Should Consider (BX, T)

    Discover three high-yield investment-grade stocks for income and appreciation. Interest rate risk is the largest source of ...
  28. You Know Debt & Deficit Are Not The Same, Right?

    An educational article explaining in detail how deficit differs from debt and how are they related.
  29. Looking to Invest in Coca-Cola? Here's What to Expect (KO, PEP)

    Learn about the Coca-Cola company as well as the industry in which it operates. Understand what its investors should expect ...
  30. 3 Stocks to Protect Your Portfolio From Inflation (CLX, GILD)

    Discover three stocks to protect portfolios against inflation. The best companies to protect against inflation are those ...
  31. What Is So Hot About Salesforce? (CRM)

    Learn about Salesforce and the suite of customer relationship management software it offers. Understand what exactly makes ...
  32. Mark Zuckerberg Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (NASDAQ: FB)

    Learn about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook. Understand where he came from and what in his life helped him ...
  33. Charlie Munger Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (BRK.A)

    Learn about Charlie Munger. Understand what drives him, how his early life shaped his later success, how he found that success ...
  34. How the Chinese Stock Market Heavily Affects the US

    Learn about the ways in which the Chinese stock market affects the U.S. economy, the dollar, the interest rate and imports ...
  35. Netflix Will Soon Be Worth More Than Direct TV (NFLX, T)

    Understand the similarities and differences between Netflix and DirectTV. Learn about four key reasons why Netflix will be ...
  36. Picking Apart a Winning New Bond Fund Alternative

    Schooner's Hedged Alternative Income Fund offers a unique strategy, but does its upside potential outweigh its downside risk ...
  37. Deflate Inflation with These 9 Assets

    Now might not be the right time, but investing in these assets may eventually prove to be good hedges against inflation.
  38. 3 Social Media Networks Before Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)

    Understand the social media environment and the types of companies that found past success in the space. Learn why they eventually ...
  39. Janet Yellen Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Look into the life and academic career of Janet Yellen, the first female chair of the Federal Reserve and a noted Keynesian ...
  40. Jim Yong Kim Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn information about the life and success story of Jim Yong Kim, who rose from humble beginnings to become the head of ...
  41. The 3 Reasons Why Chinese Invest in Africa

    Learn about the increasing level of foreign direct investment by China in Africa, and understand the major reasons for China's ...
  42. What To Do When News Headlines Jump Out At You

    Given the recent economic forecasting after years of relative calmness and steadily rising returns, markets have been jumpier ...
  43. No Solace in Small Caps

    In the U.S., second-quarter earnings season has generally been better than expected. However, it has failed to inspire investors.
  44. Long on Oil? Hedge Falling Oil Prices with Options

    With no end to the oil slump in sight, here are some risk management strategies using options to protect your oil positions.
  45. Why Minimum Wage Is a Kingmaking Issue in Elections

    Minimum wage is an essential issue for presidential candidates in the lead-up to the 2016 election. We look at the reasons ...
  46. Top 4 Central Banks Dominating the World Economy

    Central banks play an integral role in market economies by maintaining the stability and credibility of national currencies ...
  47. 3 ETFs to Protect Your Retirement From Inflation (WIP, TIP)

    Learn more about three of the best inflation-protected exchange traded funds for investors who are retired or who are approaching ...
  48. What China Devaluing its Currency Means to You

    The Chinese government is showing its craftiness in managing its money supply, but will it make a difference? And what does ...
  49. Should You Be Bearish or Bullish on Gold?

    Will gold move higher or lower over the next year?
  50. Norway, the Safest Oil Economy?

    Norway is one of the most stable oil-producing countries in the world. But for how much longer?
  51. What Are the Best Positioned Emerging Markets?

    As the Fed is poised to raise rates for the first time, many investors fear that higher rates could hurt the performance ...
  52. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  53. Should You Be a Bull or a Bear Right Now?

    Ask a bull: If the economy is truly improving, where's all the consumer spending?
  54. Why U.S. Wage Growth Isn’t as Bad as It Appears

    Though wage growth numbers are more nuanced than they may appear, they reveal another sign that the U.S. recovery is still ...
  55. 3 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful After 40 (WMT, YUM)

    Read about four influential entrepreneurs who didn't achieve fame and success until after their 40th birthdays, including ...
  56. Should You Worry About the U.S Inflation rate?

    Understand how inflation is measured, how U.S. inflation compares to other countries, and if investors should be concerned ...
  57. China Owns US Debt, but How Much?

    See how much U.S. debt is actually owned by the Chinese, what it means to the economy, and why China is willing to lend so ...
  58. Best 5 Small Business Ideas You Can Start From Home (EBAY)

    Understand what a small business is and how small businesses are classified. Learn about five small business ideas that you ...
  59. The Top 4 ETFs For Investing in US Government Bonds (SHY, ITE)

    Discover the top four ETFs that invest in U.S. government bonds with maturities ranging from zero to 25 years, including ...
  60. How to Navigate Today’s Bond Markets?

    Bond markets today are presenting investors with multiple challenges, since unconstrained bond funds are an alternative solution ...
  61. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  62. Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing ...
  63. Minimum Wages Can Raise Unemployment

    Learn why many economists feel that minimum wages, while intended to benefit low-wage workers, actually hurt them by increasing ...
  64. Inflation Protected Securities: How They Work

    Learn how the U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) work, which considerations investors should keep in mind ...
  65. The Top 5 US Cities with Highest Minimum Wage

    Learn how awareness campaigns have led to huge minimum wage hikes in several large cities, and discover which U.S. cities ...
  66. The True Unemployment Rate: U6 Vs. U3

    Learn how to distinguish between the U-3 and U-6 unemployment rates, and explore which rate provides a truer picture of unemployment.
  67. REITs Could be Affected by Higher Interest Rates

    Learn how REITs may be impacted by an increase in interest rates, and understand why certain types of REITs could benefit ...
  68. An America with Donald Trump as President

    Take a closer look at some of policy proposals from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and what a future with ...
  69. Will Your Job Get Eaten by Automation?

    With the rapid growth of technology, it has been widely contested whether automation will start to replace jobs.
  70. The Top Performing Airlines Right Now

    Learn about the airline industry and its top-performing companies. Understand these top-emerging airlines and why they have ...
  71. 4 Utility Stocks that May Stay Bright

    With interest rates likely rising in the next year or so, there are a few utility stocks with potential to outperform their ...
  72. Interest Rates and Your 401(k): How They Tango

    Here's how a rise in interest rates will likely impact your 401(k).
  73. Short-Term Funds or Fixed Deposits: Is One Better?

    Choosing between short-term funds and fixed deposits? Here's what you need to know.
  74. How to Protect IRAs from Higher Interest Rates

    Rising interest rates don’t have to translate into investment losses in an IRA. Here's how you can protect your investments. ...
  75. Why The Dollar’s Strength Can Continue

    Overall, the U.S. dollar has rallied this year, with the Dollar Index (DXY) now up by roughly 8 percent year-to-date, but ...
  76. A Comparison Between a Default and a Collapse

    Is the Greek default similar to the Lehman Brothers collapse?
  77. Inflation for Dummies

    Inflation may seem like a straightforward concept, but it is more complex than it appears. We examine its varieties and causes.
  78. Whole Foods 365: The Economics of Discount Organic

    Whole Foods Market is expanding its brand to create a chain of discount natural food stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market. ...
  79. Sacrifices Necessary to Keep Puerto Rico Afloat

    After years of band aids and significant borrowing to meet its obligations, the time has come for meaningful reform in Puerto ...
  80. What to Expect from Russia's Oil-Dependent Economy

    The fate of Russia's economy is for the most part determined by the price of oil. Here's how it's likely to play out.
  81. How a Higher Minimum Wage Would Impact the Economy

    Doubling pay for hourly workers could have several knock-on effects to the economy. Here's a brief look at a big issue.
  82. Smartphone "Flagship Killers" Coming After Apple And Samsung (AAPL, 005930)

    Learn why flagship killers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi have the potential to become the first legitimate competition faced ...
  83. China: Why Big Investors are Turning Into Bears

    More hedge fund managers and economists are beginning to transition from bull to bear when it comes to China. Here's why. ...
  84. Impact of the Chinese Economy on the U.S. Economy

    The economic growth of China has been decreasing since 2010. What impact does this have on the US and the world economy?
  85. How Does China Manage Its Money Supply?

    Here's how the Central Bank of China manages its currency rates and the money supply.
  86. Three Currencies Benefiting From Low Oil Prices

    The Indian rupee is clearly the biggest beneficiary of the slide in oil prices, followed by the Indonesian rupiah and British ...
  87. Global Impact of China's Geopolitical Strategy

    China's geopolitical strategy is shifting the status quo from the Pacific to the Pentagon. Can the U.S. keep pace with Chinese ...
  88. What Happens to the Economy If China Deleverages

    Attempts to deleverage and institute reforms that will foster more sustainable growth could exacerbate an already slowing ...
  89. 10 Jobs to Avoid Right Now

    These jobs may never recover to pre-recession highs, can easily be outsourced overseas or may disappear altogether as technology ...
  90. As Fed Prepares To Move, Gold Is Losing Its Luster

    Last week’s Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress returned investors’ focus back to the fundamentals, and a general ...
  91. Do Transport Stocks Signal a U.S. Selloff?

    The Dow Jones Transportation Average index has underperformed the broader DJ Industrials Average, leading some market watchers ...
  92. The Most Popular ETFs with Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors might continue to perform well by holding these popular ETFs, but time is limited.
  93. Will Consumer Spending Save 2015?

    Consumer spending is considered an important number (and it is), but a savvy investor will always look at "why" rather than ...
  94. Worldwide Trend that Will Forever Alter Retirement

    Because longetivity is driving change in global and U.S. economies, we bring you a series of interviews with leading experts ...
  95. Why U.S. Consumers Aren’t Spending

    Despite continued improvement in the labor market and lower gasoline prices, consumers' activity remains soft: retail sales ...
  96. Examples Of Negative Interest Rates

    Negative interest rates seem like an abstract notion. But, they have practical consequences for an economy and are present ...
  97. Why The Yuan (RMB) Is Russia's Favorite Currency

    Russia has agreed to a currency swap worth $24 billion with China. What is Russia's thinking behind promoting the Yuan in ...
  98. Are Markets Ready For An Interest Rate Hike?

    Despite financial market fears over the uncertainty of Greece’s debt crisis and the recent drop in China’s stock-market, ...
  99. How the Fed Affects Reverse Mortgages

    An in depth look at how the Federal Reserve affects reverse mortgages.
  100. Do Interest Rate Changes Affect Dividend Payers?

    Interest rate changes have an effect on prices of dividend-rich stocks in interest rate sensitive sectors like utilities, ...
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