Economics FAQs

  1. What is GDP and why is it so important to investors?

  2. What's the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics?

  3. How do property rights affect externalities and market failure?

  4. What happens to the US dollar during a trade deficit?

  5. Can real interest rates be negative?

  6. Which countries have the highest tariffs?

  7. What does a negative bond yield mean?

  8. Which United States Presidents have run the largest budget deficits?

  9. What do economists believe causes economic growth?

  10. What is the relationship between inflation and interest rates?

  11. What is an economic moat?

  12. What is the difference between a capital good and a consumer good?

  13. What is comparative advantage?

  14. How does the Wall Street Journal prime rate forecast work?

  15. How does a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) affect my salary?

  16. Do plane tickets get cheaper closer to the date of departure?

  17. Are secured personal loans better than unsecured loans?

  18. How do you make working capital adjustments in transfer pricing?

  19. Does the IRS charge interest on penalties?

  20. Are Canadian Pension Plans inflation-protected?

  21. When is the best time to invest in inflation-protected securities?

  22. Should I include inflation-protected securities in my 401(k)?

  23. Is Social Security inflation-protected?

  24. Do interest rates increase during a recession?

  25. Marginal propensity to Consume (MPC) Vs. Save (MPS)

  26. What happens if interest rates increase too quickly?

  27. Why isn't the cost-of-living adjustment mandatory?

  28. When was the last time the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates?

  29. Do lower interest rates increase investment spending?

  30. Why are mutual funds subject to market risk?

  31. Who decides to print money in Russia?

  32. Who decides to print money in Canada?

  33. Can mutual funds invest in derivatives?

  34. Is Colombia an emerging market economy?

  35. Is Mexico an emerging market economy?

  36. Who decides when to print money in India?

  37. When do I need a letter of credit?

  38. Is Japan an emerging market economy?

  39. What are the best ways to sell an annuity?

  40. How is the Federal Reserve audited?

  41. Who decides when to print money in the US?

  42. Are Social Security payments included in the US GDP calculation?

  43. How can the federal reserve increase aggregate demand?

  44. Are Social Security benefits adjusted for inflation?

  45. How does the stock market react to changes in the Federal Funds Rate?

  46. What is the difference between marginal utility and marginal value?

  47. What assumptions are made when conducting a t-test?

  48. In economics, what is an index number?

  49. What role does the agency problem play in the modern Health Care industry?

  50. When has the United States run its largest trade deficits?

  51. What is the utility function and how is it calculated?

  52. What role do transaction costs play in marginal utility analysis?

  53. How does the bond market react to changes in the Federal Funds Rate?

  54. Which is more important to a nation's economy, the balance of trade or the balance ...

  55. What does marginal utility tell us about consumer choice?

  56. What is the difference between cost and freight (CFR) and cost, insurance and freight ...

  57. What is the marginal utility of income?

  58. What are some of the drawbacks of industrialization?

  59. What is the difference between Cost and Freight (CFR) and Free on Board (FOB)?

  60. What bond indexes follow the supply and demand for junk bonds?

  61. What constitutes a secondary market?

  62. How is the marginal cost of production used to find an optimum production level?

  63. What are the differences between the Federal Funds Rate and LIBOR?

  64. What is the difference between JIT (just in time) and CMI (customer managed inventory)?

  65. What are some common ways product differentiation is achieved?

  66. What are some examples of Apple and Google's best-selling product lines?

  67. What is a negative write-off?

  68. What are the ethical arguments against government subsidies to companies like Tesla?

  69. How can tariffs cause inefficiencies in domestic industries?

  70. How does the landscape of the telecommunications sector in the U.S. compare to Canada?

  71. What economic indicators are important to consider when investing in the retail sector?

  72. What is the correlation between inflation and interest rate risk?

  73. What are some of the more common types of regressions investors can use?

  74. What types of assets lower portfolio variance?

  75. What role does a correspondent bank play in an international transaction?

  76. How does the risk of investing in the industrial sector compare to the broader market?

  77. How do changes in interest rates affect the spending habits in the economy?

  78. How does a long tail become profitable?

  79. When is it better to use systematic over simple random sampling?

  80. What portion of the global economy is comprised of the telecommunications sector?

  81. Which nations' economies have reserve ratios?

  82. What are some common financial sampling methods?

  83. How autonomous are special administrative regions?

  84. What is the difference between a greenfield investment and a regular investment?

  85. Why would a company decide to utilize H-shares over A-shares in its IPO?

  86. What is the difference between a dominant strategy solution and a Nash equilibrium ...

  87. Which segments of the telecommunications sector have the toughest competition?

  88. What countries are currently considered to be special administrative regions?

  89. How does an investor evaluate an inventory turnover ratio for a retail company?

  90. What does the Nash equilibrium predict?

  91. To what extent is the oil and gas sector dominated by a few major companies?

  92. How can I measure portfolio variance?

  93. How can an investment banker switch to a career in corporate finance?

  94. How does the long-term outlook of the retail sector compare to the broader economy?

  95. What countries are driving most of the growth of the retail sector?

  96. What is the correlation between term structure of interest rates and recessions?

  97. Why have utility stocks become more volatile investments than they were historically?

  98. Why would the Federal Reserve change the reserve ratio?

  99. What portion of the global economy is represented by the retail sector?

  100. What happens if the Federal Reserve lowers the reserve ratio?

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