Economics Articles

  1. Top Indicators From The Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Of the BLS indicators, the change in nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate, as well as the CPI and PPI, are the ones most ...
  2. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP): The Basics

    LLPs are a flexible legal and tax entity that allows partners to benefit from economies of scale by working together while ...
  3. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is ...
  4. How the Cost of Living Affects Your Income

    Do you know all the ways cost of living increases can affect your income?
  5. What Exactly is a Socialist Economy?

    Socialism's role in the world has changed dramatically in the last several decades.
  6. Socialist Economies: How China, Cuba And North Korea Work

    What is socialist economics in the context of Cuba, China and North Korea?
  7. If You Buy Stocks Online, You Are Involved in HFTs

    Many people don't realise that some half to two-thirds of all trades use high-frequency trading in some fashion.
  8. What Is The Relationship Between The Federal Funds, Prime And LIBOR Rates?

    The prime rate and LIBOR rate, two of the most prominent benchmark rates, tend to track the federal funds rate closely over ...
  9. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  10. An Introduction To Dark Pools

    Dark pools are an ominous-sounding term for private exchanges or forums for trading securities; unlike stock exchanges, dark ...
  11. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  12. How Federal Open Market Committee Meetings Drive Rates And Stocks

    Janet Yellen's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting - and its aftermath - is an important bellwether for the ...
  13. Inside National Payment Systems

    Investopedia explains: The global interconnection of U.S. payment systems makes commerical and financial transfers possible. ...
  14. Introduction To Supply And Demand

    Find out all about supply and demand and how it relates to your daily purchases.
  15. 5 Pitfalls Of Shopping On Black Friday

    Black Friday is a fun American tradition, but it comes with dangers. Avoid these things to have a safe day of shopping on ...
  16. Advanced Game Theory Strategies For Decision-Making

    The importance of game theory to modern analysis and decision-making can be gauged by the fact that since 1970, as many as ...
  17. Understanding Supply-Side Economics

    Does the amount of goods and services produced set the pace for economic growth? Here are the arguments.
  18. What You Need To Know About The Employment Report

    This widely watched indicator of economic well-being directly influences the market.
  19. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange ...
  20. The Legacy Of Ben Bernanke

    Will Bernanke go down in history as one of the greatest-ever chairpersons of the Fed, or is his legacy likely to be tarnished ...
  21. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  22. Interesting Facts About Imports And Exports

    Imports and exports exert a profound influence on the consumer and the economy. Learn what affects these figures, and in ...
  23. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

    Learn how Milton Friedman's monetarist views shaped economic policy after World War II.
  24. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This ...
  25. The Market Participant Playbook

    Find out what effect institutional investors have on the stock market and individual traders.
  26. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  27. Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  28. Introduction To Coincident And Lagging Economic Indicators

    Investors can learn a lot, or very little, from these indicators once they know how to use them.
  29. Breaking Down The Balance Of Trade

    The balance of trade is a key indicator of a nation’s health. Investors and market professionals appear more concerned with ...
  30. Forces Behind Interest Rates

    Get a deeper understanding of the importance of interest rates and what makes them change.
  31. Exploring The Current Account In The Balance Of Payments

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.
  32. Does High GDP Mean Economic Prosperity?

    GDP is the typical indicator used to measure a country's economic health. Find out what it fails to reveal and how the Genuine ...
  33. Inflation's Impact On Stock Returns

    When stocks are divided into growth and value categories, the evidence is clear that value stocks perform better in periods ...
  34. How Monetary Policy Affects Your Investments

    Monetary policy changes can have a significant impact on every asset class. investors can position their portfolios to benefit ...
  35. The Yen Is Setting Up To Be An Attractive Long-Term Investment

    As Japan embarks on quantitative easing, the yen has come under pressure. Will it continue to be the source of big profits ...
  36. Why The Consumer Price Index (CPI) Is Controversial

    Find out why economists are torn about how to calculate inflation.
  37. Is It Time to Invest in Australia?

    Australia a country rich in natural resources and one increasingly gaining attention from investors. Is it time to put some ...
  38. Fact Sheet: What Is The Fortune 500 List?

    The Fortune 500 is a list most have heard of but don't know much about. Here, we present the basics with a few interesting ...
  39. The NYSE And Nasdaq: How They Work

    Learn some of the important differences in the way these exchanges operate and the securities that trade on them.
  40. Austerity: When The Government Tightens Its Belt

    When a government tightens its belt in tough economic times the entire nation feels the squeeze.
  41. The Effect Of Trade On International Growth

    According to the World Trade Organization, world merchandise trade value grew by 20% in 2011, to $16.7 trillion.
  42. Inspecting A Country's Debt

    Tensions over just how to handle debt are pitting the rich world against the developing world like never before.
  43. Economic Trends We Can All Profit From In 2013

    The National Small Business Association may not be optimistic about 2013, but we'll show you a few trends that suggest the ...
  44. U.S. Vs. China: Battle To Be The Largest Economy In The World

    America's lengthy title reign as "World's Largest Economy" is fast under threat by China's surging economic growth. Find ...
  45. Economic Indicators That Affect The U.S. Stock Market

    Macroeconomic factors like GDP, Inflation, and Retail Sales affect the value of your portfolio. Understanding these economic ...
  46. A Look Into Foreign Direct Investment Trends

    Foreign direct investments play an important role as an indicator of a healthy economy in terms of economic growth and long-term ...
  47. The Presidential Second Term Curse

    Find out why the general prognosis is that second-term presidents often leave office with the economy in worse shape than ...
  48. The Secret Finances Of The Vatican Economy

    The Vatican is the smallest country in the world, and has an economy shrouded in secrecy. Here are some little known facts ...
  49. Understanding Small- And Big-Cap Stocks

    If you don't realize how big small-cap stocks can be, you'll miss some good investment opportunities.
  50. Restaurant Segments Going Under

    Diners are as American as apple pie, yet their popularity is waning with today's consumers.
  51. Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Man That Are Under $20

    These inexpensive products make good gifts for the man in your life.
  52. Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Women That Are Under $20

    Clichés are clichés for a reason. Sometimes the most clichéd gift can actually be an ideal one.
  53. Countries With The Fastest And Slowest GDP Growth

    Discover which countries have shown the most growth since 1980, and which have shown the more ignominious fizzle and pop.
  54. What Is "Chained CPI?"

    Chained CPI is one of many ways to approximate the impact of rising or falling prices to consumers' pocketbooks.
  55. The Go-To Currency In 50 Years

    Discover why the euro will likely become heir to the currency throne.
  56. 5 Nobel Prize-Winning Economic Theories You Should Know About

    Here are 5 prize-winning economic theories that you’ll want to be familiar with.
  57. Should Germany Leave The Eurozone?

    Germany may be better off leaving the eurozone behind, instead of continously propping up struggling economies with little ...
  58. Is Free Shipping Worth It?

    Should you buy more just so you can save on shipping?
  59. What People Spend On Christmas Around The World

    Here's a look at some famous Christmas traditions from around the world, how much they cost and how the cost compares to ...
  60. How Inflation Affects Your Net Worth

    When calculating your net worth, don't forget to take inflation into account.
  61. All I Want for Christmas Is A Santa Claus Rally

    Wall Street believes its dream of a Santa Claus rally will surely come to pass.
  62. Gifts For People You Aren't That Close To

    Finding a gift for a new boyfriend or girlfriend, your boss, or the postman can sometimes be a challenge.
  63. Why Americans Think Bush Is To Blame For The Economy

    The perception of who is to blame for the economy played a major role in Obama's reelection.
  64. America's Decreasing Economic Mobility

    Though it increased for decades following World War II, real median family income has dropped since the 1970s.
  65. Why Germany Is The Economic Powerhouse Of The Eurozone

    There's little denying that Germany is the boss of the eurozone. Discover what sets it apart from the rest of Europe.
  66. The 5 Most Economically-Free Countries In The World

    Here are the top five from the Heritage Foundation's influential 2012 ranking of the most economically-free countries.
  67. What Lotto Winners Spend Their Money On

    From dream homes to cars, here's a breakdown of the personal finances and spending habits of lottery winners.
  68. 3 Best And Worst Gift Cards For 2012

    Here are the gift cards that offer the best deals and those that aren't worth your money.
  69. TARP 4 Years Later - How Did It All Work Out?

    The TARP program is estimated to cost taxpayers about $32 billion, much less than the OMB's reported estimate.
  70. Major Indexes Near Pre-Recession Levels: Is History Repeating Itself?

    The markets look to be moving back to where they were before the recession. Does this mean another is on the way?
  71. Illegal Activities That Could Help The Economy

    Legalizing prostitution and street drugs nationwide may actually benefit the economy.
  72. The Relationship Between Japanese And Chinese Economies

    China counts on Japan for its manufacturing savvy, while Japan needs China's market to help it grow out of an economic funk.
  73. Will Germany's Bailout Save Europe?

    Germany has committed even more money to what may prove to be a fruitless cause.
  74. How Divorce Can Adversely Affect The Economy

    Divorce not only affects the people involved, it also affects the nation's economy.
  75. Do The Political Opinions Of Celebrities Matter?

    Celebrities have run the gamut when it comes to adopting political positions. Find out if they make a difference.
  76. A Primer On Inflation

    Inflation has a negative connotation, but is it all bad or does it offer some tangible benefits?
  77. Where Presidential Candidates Get Campaign Funding

    American citizens of every political persuasion may justifiably wonder where all that money comes from and how it's spent. ...
  78. 5 Of The Strangest Items That Are Stolen

    Shoplifters have stolen some weird things. Here are some of the most bizarre.
  79. Countries That Thrive On A Weak European Union

    The current eurozone crisis is having a heavy impact on the global economy and certain nations may leave the EU as a result. ...
  80. How Debt Limits A Country's Options

    While debt is fundamentally necessary to the operation of a national government, it can also be limiting and dangerous.
  81. Could Third World Debt Relief Pay Off?

    Debt is as much a political tool as an economic one. Discover if wholesale debt forgiveness is the answer for developing ...
  82. Why The Same Goods Have Different Prices Around The World

    Some items like electronics and automobiles have vastly different prices in different countries. Here's a look at why.
  83. Cross-Border Shopping: Bane Or Boon?

    Lower prices, better selection, lower sales tax rates and a strong Canadian dollar draw over 1.9 million Canadians over the ...
  84. The Rise Of Africa

    Africa has all the natural resources a continent could hope for and is just starting to understand its full potential.
  85. 3 Of History’s Largest Acquisitions

    The largest acquisition of 2011 was barely one-sixth the size of the largest from a dozen years ago. Find out what they were. ...
  86. What Young People Are Spending Their Money On

    With consumer spending falling and hindering the chances of an economic recovery in the U.S., we look at Millennials and ...
  87. The Uncertainty Of Economics: Exploring The Dismal Science

    Learning about the study of economics can help you understand why you face contradictions in the market.
  88. 3 Ways You Can Evaluate Country Risk

    Diversifying your portfolio includes looking beyond your borders. Here are a few ways to analyze risk when investing abroad. ...
  89. Countries With The Best And Worst Investor Protection

    Discover which countries do the most to protect the little guy from scheming executives and shady back-room deals.
  90. Starbucks Goes Square

    The partnership between Starbucks and Square will likely spur more interest in the mobile payment space.
  91. Items That Cost More To Buy Than They Do To Produce

    You may just be better off making these grocery items at home, or growing them in a garden, considering how much producers ...
  92. How To Recognize Sunk Costs

    Find out about sunk costs and why "getting your money's worth" can cost you more than you think.
  93. Reducing Childcare Costs With Common Sense

    These common sense tips can help you save a lot of money when it comes to caring for your children.
  94. Top Agricultural Producing Countries

    Discover which countries produce the most agricultural products, which export the most and what is being done to increase ...
  95. 5 Economic Reports You Should Watch

    Most economic reports are noise, but there are a some that are market movers.
  96. Ways To Invest In Developing Countries

    Here is a review of potential investments in the BRIC nations and other developing countries around the world.
  97. 5 Ways To Get Venture Capital Funding

    Crowdfunding and online networking are just some of the ways you can find venture capital investors.
  98. 4 TARP Recipients That Made A Profit

    New estimates show that the TARP program may show a profit of $23.6 billion over the life of the bailout program.
  99. The Spending Habits Of Americans

    Here is an economic portrait of the average American consumer, based on recent spending habits.
  100. 10 Legal Business Practices Of Dubious Ethics

    Being aware of these unscrupulous methods can help you avoid them as best you can.
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