Economics Articles

  1. Top Alternatives Assets for Capital Preservation

    At best, alternative investments can help preserve capital by avoiding correlation with stocks and by beating inflation. ...
  2. How Bloomberg Makes Billions (Hint: Not Just News)

    A look at the inner workings of one of Wall Street's most secretive (yet most important) private companies.
  3. Want to Invest in the Philippines? Eye These ETFs

    The Philippines offers more potential than most markets throughout the world. These two ETFs will give you exposure.
  4. Costco Gains as Oil Prices Remain Low

    Understand what oil prices are doing to the economy and how Costco is being affected. Learn whether or not Costco is a good ...
  5. How Google Is Tapping India's Smartphone Market

    Understand why India's smartphone market is in a rapid growth phase. Learn how Google and other technology companies are ...
  6. How the Fed Fund Rate Hikes Affect Your Stock Portfolio

    Understand how potential increases in the federal funds rate affect equities and alternative investments. Learn about the ...
  7. Why Jobs Reports No Longer Predict the Fed

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report is thought to be one of the most important signals of major change in forthcoming ...
  8. The Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on Your Bond Portfolio

    Learn how an increase in the federal funds rate may impact a bond portfolio. Read about how investors can use the duration ...
  9. The 4 Best S&P 500 Index Funds

    Discover detailed analysis of the best S&P 500 Index funds, and learn about their characteristics, historical statistics ...
  10. Seagate Technology Cuts 1,000 Jobs: Inside the Realignment (STX)

    Understand Seagate Technology and the space in which it operates. Learn about some of the reasons why the company decided ...
  11. What is the Future for Salesforce.com? (CRM)

    Learn about Salesforce and how it has become an industry leader in the cloud-based CRM space. Understand what it has in store ...
  12. Is Now the Right Time to Buy Oil Stocks?

    Learn about the oil industry and how crude oil effects the prices of oil stock. Understand if now is a good time to purchase ...
  13. 6 Stocks to Own While the Fed Hikes Rates (PCLN, GOOG)

    Understand what happens if the Federal Reserve increases interest rates. Learn about the top six stocks to own if the Fed ...
  14. 5 Companies Benefiting From Germany's Record Surplus

    A weaker euro is boosting German exports, which have led to a record trade surplus. Here are five German companies reaping ...
  15. Top 3 Inflation Protected Bond Mutual Funds (PRTNX, VIPSX)

    Learn about the characteristics and suitability of the top inflation-protected bond mutual funds, and how investors can use ...
  16. Don't Be Fooled by the Market's Recent Rally

    The bulls won for a bit in early October, but will bears have the last laugh?
  17. Buying a House Before an Interest Rate Hike

    Find out how a Fed rate hike would impact aspiring homebuyers, why rates increase, and whether now is the right time to buy ...
  18. The Trajectory of Europe's Quantitative Easing Program

    The European Central Bank's quantitative easing program aims to save a heterogeneous Eurozone with liquidity for widespread ...
  19. Fed Members Deeply Divided Over Rate Hike

    On October 8, 2015, Fed Presidents Narayana Kocherlakota and Dennis Lockhart gave diametrically different views of where ...
  20. Is the Cinema Industry Set For A Clear Downfall?

    The game is evolving, and the cinema industry will need to adapt to survive in our streaming, television-obsessed world.
  21. 4 Ways Simple Interest Is Used In Real Life

    Simple interest works in your favor when you're a borrower, but against you when you're an investor.
  22. Is it Time to “Buy” Inflation?

    Based on recent data from the Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) market, it would seem that most investors aren’t ...
  23. Which Economy Is Larger - The United States or China?

    China's economy may be larger than the U.S. economy, but it all depends on which exchange rate method you use to make the ...
  24. Where Would the Dow Be Without Fed Intervention?

    What would the Dow look like without the accommodative monetary policies the Federal Reserve has implemented since the financial ...
  25. How Do Companies Forecast Oil Prices?

    Read about the different forecasting methods that businesses use to predict future crude oil prices, and why it's so difficult ...
  26. How Interest Rates Affect Mutual Funds

    Find out how changing interest rates impact mutual funds, including bond and money market funds, and how higher rates can ...
  27. How the Fed Fund Rate Hikes Affect the US Dollar

    Learn about the effects the federal funds rate on the U.S. dollar. Understand what happens when the Federal Reserve increases ...
  28. What a U.S. - Asia Trade Deal Means For Business

    The U.S. and 11 other countries, comprising 40% of the world’s total economic output, have finally reached agreement on the ...
  29. 10 Wealthiest States in the United States

    A review of the 10 richest states in America as ranked by median household income.
  30. What a Fed Delay Means for the ECB & BoJ

    The Fed’s continued delay has repercussions for more than just the U.S. economy and markets. The ECB and the BoJ may support ...
  31. How Worried Should We Be About China?

    An economic slowdown, a freezing up in trade and plunging markets and currencies are casting a shadow across Asia—and the ...
  32. Learn How To Trade Gold In 4 Steps (GLD, GDX)

    Trading spot gold or gold futures, equities and options isn’t hard to learn, but the activity requires skill sets unique ...
  33. The Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on Gold

    Explore the historical relationship between interest rate increases and the price of gold, and consider what effect a fed ...
  34. The ABCs of Bond ETF Distributions

    How do bond exchange traded fund (ETF) distributions work? It’s a question I get a lot. First, let’s explain what we mean ...
  35. Latin America’s Economic Forecast

    After a ten-year run, the economies of Latin America are in a decline. For sustainable, long-term growth, the region needs ...
  36. Why the Euro Failed to Become the World's Reserve Currency

    Examine the current state of the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency; learn the major reasons why the euro has failed ...
  37. How to Use Boring CDs to Diversify

    Markets are volatile and are in for more punishment. CDs can help investors earn some interest while they're waiting out ...
  38. Are Stocks Cheap Now? Nope. And Here's Why

    Are stocks cheap right now? Be wary of those who are telling you what you want to hear. Here's why.
  39. Should the Fed Be More Worried About Asset Bubbles?

    While the Fed should be concerned that assets bubbles might impact economic stability, monetary policy is not the best tool ...
  40. The 4 Countries That Produce the Most Food

    Learn about the four food superpowers -- China, India, the United States and Brazil -- and what sets them apart from the ...
  41. Top 3 Muni California Mutual Funds

    Discover analyses of the top three California municipal bond mutual funds, and learn about their characteristics, historical ...
  42. Have Commodities Bottomed?

    Commodity prices have been heading lower for more than four years, being the worst performing asset class of 2015 with more ...
  43. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Colombia's GDP

    With a backdrop of armed rebels and drug cartels, the journey for the Colombian economy has been anything but easy.
  44. How to Win More by Losing Less in Today’s Markets

    The further you fall, the harder it is to climb back up. It’s a universal truth that is painfully apparent in the investing ...
  45. Use Options Data To Predict Stock Market Direction

    Options market trading data can provide important insights about the direction of stocks and the overall market. Here’s how ...
  46. Is the U.S. Economy Ready for Liftoff?

    The Fed continues to delay normalizing rates, citing inflation concerns and “global economic and financial developments” ...
  47. Could a Rate Hike Send Stocks Higher?

    A rate hike would certainly alter the investment scene, but would it be for the better or worse?
  48. Open Market Operations vs. Quantitative Easing

    How does the Fed's implementation of Quantitative Easing differ from its more conventional open market operations?
  49. Create a Monte Carlo Simulation Using Excel

    How to apply the Monte Carlo Simulation principles to a game of dice using Microsoft Excel.
  50. Reserve Bank of India Cuts Interest Rates

    On September 29, 2015, The Reserve Bank of India cut policy interest rates (or the repo rate) by a higher-than-expected 5 ...
  51. The 5 Countries That Produce the Most Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

    Learn about the top five countries, China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan, that are the largest contributors ...
  52. Will Interest Rates Rise at the Next Fed Meeting?

    Everyone wants to know what the Federal Reserve will do next, but the Fed doesn't even know what it's next move will be. ...
  53. How Retirees Should Prepare for a Rate Hike (VBMFX, VFSUX)

    Janet Yellen has indicated that there will likely be a rate hike later this year. Here's how retirees should prepare.
  54. Why Deflation Is The Fed's Worst Nightmare

    The measures taken by central banks seem to be winning the battle against deflation, but it is too early to tell if they ...
  55. Oil Is Cheaper Than Bread In Venezuela...The Country Is In Chaos (BAC, TAPR)

    Venezuela is floundering, and the story has more to do with just the falling price of oil.
  56. China's Top Trading Partners

    A slowdown in China, the largest trading nation in the world, will have significant impacts on major trading partners: the ...
  57. A Long Road to Full Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

    Over the past 50 years, the U.S. and Cuba have remained at odds, only recently to restore diplomatic ties. What does this ...
  58. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Chile's GDP

    Chile has become one of the great economic success stories of Latin America.
  59. Top 4 Inverse Equities ETFs (SH, SDS)

    Explore analysis of some of the most popular inverse and leveraged-inverse ETFs that track equity indexes, and learn about ...
  60. Is Another Bear Market Ahead?

    With market volatility recently reaching its highest level, investors are questioning what the outlook is for U.S. stocks ...
  61. How Foreign Exchange Affects Mergers and Acquisitions Deals

    Learn how foreign exchange rates can impact the flows of international merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, and understand ...
  62. Why Did Markets Rally on News of a December Rate Hike? (NKE)

    Yesterday, Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen, in a speech to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, indicated that the central ...
  63. How US Interest Rates Move the World Economy

    Because the US has the world's largest economy, fluctuations in America's interest rates affect much more than domestic growth
  64. Will a Rate Hike Appreciate The Dollar Even More? (USD, DXY)

    Many market participants expect the US Dollar to rise after the start of the next rate hike cycle.
  65. Finding Lower Risk, Higher Return Mutual Funds

    Discover detailed analysis of lower-risk, higher-return balanced mutual funds, and learn about the characteristics of this ...
  66. 3 ETFs to Play the Fed's Interest Rate Decision (VNQ, XLU)

    These three ETFs offer strong ways to play the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise rates.
  67. Dissecting the Simple Interest Formula

    Simple interest ignores the effect of compounding: it's only calculated on the principal amount. This makes it easier to ...
  68. 6 Ways Retirees Can Capitalize on Higher Rates

    A interest rate increase still looks to be on the horizon, so retirees should begin rethinking the way they currently invest.
  69. Top 4 Muni New York Mutual Funds

    Explore detailed analyses of the top four New York municipal bond mutual funds, and learn the type of investor for which ...
  70. Why When China Sneezes the U.S. Catches a Cold

    The size and breadth of the Chinese economy will naturally affect the U.S. Making clients aware of it can help manage portfolio ...
  71. 3 Mutual Funds That Hold Facebook Stock (FB)

    Explore detailed analysis of three mutual funds that include common stock of social media giant Facebook, Inc. in their top ...
  72. Top 5 TIPS ETFs

    Learn about exchange-traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities of different durations and ...
  73. Career Advice: Financial Analyst Vs. Actuary

    Read an in-depth comparison between financial analysts and actuaries, what it's like to work as each and how to determine ...
  74. Avoid These Stocks When Rates Rise

    When interest rates rise, you'll want to steer clear of these stocks (and others like them).
  75. Emerging Markets: Analyzing The Philippines' GDP

    Although its growth rate was mediocre in the past, the Philippines is slowly yet steadily emerging as a rising tiger.
  76. U.S. Federal Reserve Sits Tight on Interest Rates

    Bringing an end to the speculation on whether to hike interest rates or not, U.S. Federal Reserve has decided to keep the ...
  77. Did the Fed Miss its Window to Raise Rates?

    The debate in the media over whether the Federal Reserve will announce liftoff this month or in December continues to rage ...
  78. 2 Sectors to Explore When Rates Rise

    While the market selloff and declining inflation expectations have lowered the probability of a Fed rate rise, U.S. economic ...
  79. S&P Downgrades Japan’s Sovereign Debt Rating

    In a major blow to the Japanese government, S&P Ratings downgraded the country’s sovereign debt by one notch from AA minus ...
  80. Are We in Bubble Territory?

    Are we in bubble territory? If so, why? (or Why Not?)
  81. How Booming Debt Will Turn into Dooming Debt

    Debt can fuel markets for a lengthy period of time, but the end result is never good. Here's why.
  82. Have Stocks Seen the Bottom Yet?

    The market has been turbulent as of late. But have stocks hit bottom?
  83. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Indonesia's GDP

    We look at the GDP of Indonesia, which bore the brunt of the Asian financial crisis but weathered the 2008 financial crisis ...
  84. 3 Reasons to Invest in Discounted Commodities

    Though they're selling at depressed prices, there are several reasons that it could make sense to invest in commodities now. ...
  85. U.S. Stock Market Rallies Before Fed’s Rate Decision

    Before the much awaited decision of U.S. Federal Reserve on whether to hike the interest rates or not, U.S. Stock Markets ...
  86. Implications of the Federal Reserve's Impending Rate Hike

    The Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting on Wednesday, September 16, and everyone is watching to see if the central ...
  87. Why Positive Economic Data Pushes the Market Down

    Unemployment comes in higher than analysts’ expectations, and the market rallies 1% instead of dropping. GDP growth exceeds ...
  88. The 3 Top Things to Know About Donald Trump's Economic Views

    Learn how Donald Trump's economic views are big on confidence but short on specifics. Identify the candidate's top three ...
  89. The 3 Industries Driving China's Economy

    Read an analysis of the Chinese economy and its major sectors, particularly after a series of pro-market reforms took place ...
  90. China's Economic Collapse Good For the U.S.?

    After years of unprecedented expansion, growth in China has finally begun to slow. Does the United States need to worry or ...
  91. Top 4 Diversified Emerging Market Mutual Funds (NEWFX, VEIEX)

    Explore analysis of the top diversified emerging market mutual funds, and learn about their modern portfolio theory statistics, ...
  92. 3 Stocks to Play a Falling Unemployment Rate (KFY, LNCE)

    Three stocks to consider as the unemployment rate falls.
  93. Why a Strong U.S. Dollar is Bad for Investors

    A strong U.S. dollar is bad news for most investors. Here are some ways to minimize your exposure.
  94. Fed's Interest Rate Decision Holds Sway Tuesday

    Further proof of our bleak times was provided yesterday by declining numbers in global trade growth.
  95. Find the Right Reverse Mortgage Counseling Agency

    How to hook up with a counselor who can help you make the right decision about this trickiest of financing vehicles.
  96. The Top 5 Under-the-Radar Cities for Job Seekers

    Don't be misled by 'Top 10' lists that rank cities purely on job growth. These cities get top marks for income growth and ...
  97. Top 4 Ultrashort Bond Mutual Funds (VUBFX, ASARX)

    Explore analysis of some of the top mutual funds tracking the ultrashort duration bond market, and learn about their characteristics ...
  98. Emerging Markets: Analyzing South Korea's GDP

    South Korea's transition from a war-devastated poor country to an affluent developed nation presents a phenomenal growth ...
  99. Is a Rate Hike Already Priced Into the Market?

    Is the recent selloff in equities related to the Fed's probable interest rate hike, or are problems bigger than the Fed wants ...
  100. How the Slowdown in China Affects the Fed's Upcoming Decision

    While China’s slowing economy complicates the Fed’s signaled intentions to raise interest rates, officials remain divided ...
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