Economics

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  1. Who determines interest rates?

    In countries using a centralized banking model, interest rates are determined by the central bank. In the first step of interest ...
  2. Explaining The World Through Macroeconomic Analysis

    From unemployment and inflation to government policy, learn what macroeconomics measures and how it affects everyone.
  3. What is the Financial Services Sector?

    A diverse group of companies, beyond banks and credit unions, comprises the financial services sector.
  4. Who are Whole Foods' (WFM) main competitors?

    Whole Foods' main competitors are Sprouts Farmers Markets and Trader Joe's. However, the recent acquisition by Amazon my ...
  5. What caused the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that preceded the Great Depression?

    Find out what led to the stock market crash of 1929, which in turn led to the Great Depression. It sparked a nearly 90% loss ...
  6. Gross Domestic Product - GDP

    GDP is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a specific time period, ...
  7. How does inflation affect the exchange rate between two nations?

    Inflation is closely related to interest rates, which can influence exchange rates. Countries attempt to balance interest ...
  8. What are some examples of free market economies?

    In a free market economy, the law of supply and demand, rather than a central government, regulates production and labor. ...
  9. What's the difference between the current account and the capital account?

    The current account considers goods and services currently being produced. The capital account is concerned with payments ...
  10. What does the Dow Jones Industrial Average measure?

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index that measures the daily price movements of 30 large American ...
  11. 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?
  12. What's the difference between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500?

    The DJIA is a price-weighted average of 30 stocks whereas the S&P 500 is a market value-weighted index of 500 stocks.
  13. 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 ...
  14. What are the Best Measurements of Economic Growth

    Learn how economists and statisticians track economic growth and why GDP might not be the best measurement of real economic ...
  15. How Do Fiscal and Monetary Policies Affect Aggregate Demand?

    Learn about the impact fiscal and monetary policy have on aggregate demand, and discover how the government influences economic ...
  16. Is the United States considered a Market Economy or a Mixed Economy?

    The United States has always been a mixed economy, although there were periods in U.S. history when it was closer to a true ...
  17. What is a company's worth, and who determines its stock price?

    A company's worth - its total value - is its market capitalization, and it is represented by the company's stock price. The ...
  18. What is the Difference Between a Capitalist System and a Free Market System?

    Learn about capitalist and free market systems, how these economic systems function and the main difference between capitalism ...
  19. What is the Difference Between International Monetary Fund and the World Bank?

    Learn about the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and how they are differentiated by their respective functions ...
  20. What Are the Components of Shareholders' Equity?

    Understanding company valuation figures, such as shareholders' equity, is crucial in assessing a business.
  21. 5 Feared Figures in Finance

    Gates, Soros, Icahn, Rockefeller and Morgan didn't make their names on Wall Street because of their kind-heartedness.
  22. Triple Bottom Line (TBL)

    Triple bottom line (TBL) is a concept which seeks to broaden the focus on the financial bottom line by businesses to include ...
  23. Bear Trap

    A false signal that the rising trend of a stock or index has reversed when it has not. A bear trap prompts traders to place ...
  24. Brexit

    Brexit refers to Britain's leaving the European Union, which could happen in as few as two years.
  25. Is There a Difference Between the Equity Market and the Stock Market?

    Equities and stocks refer to the same thing.
  26. Paris Agreement/COP21

    The Paris Agreement is an agreement among the leaders of 179 countries to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse ...
  27. UN Global Compact

    The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic initiative that supports global companies whose CEOs are committed to responsible ...
  28. Hysteresis

    In economics, hysteresis refers to an event in the economy that persists into the future, even after the factors that led ...
  29. Blue Collar

    A working-class person historically defined by hourly rates of pay and manual labor. A blue collar worker refers to the fact ...
  30. How do Interest Rate Changes Affect the Profitability of the Banking Sector?

    When interest rates rise, the banking sector profits.
  31. 6 Investing Mistakes That the Ultra Wealthy Don't Make

    Understand who ultra-high-net-worth individuals are and how they invest. Learn about the six key investment mistakes that ...
  32. Shrinkflation

    Shrinkflation is inflation that results from a reduction in the size of a product, rather than an increase in its price.
  33. How to Buy Bitcoin

    It's one of the biggest buzzwords in the financial space, but many people don't know how to buy Bitcoin.
  34. What are some famous scandals that demonstrate the agency problem?

    Learn more about the agency problem and find a few famous examples. Find out what contributes to these problems and how investors ...
  35. What are the most common interview questions for banking/finance jobs?

    Prepare for an important interview by rehearsing with commonly asked questions for job candidates in the banking / finance ...
  36. Who are Nordstrom's (JWN) main competitors?

    Learn more about Nordstrom (JWN) and its competitors in the retail industry. Find out how Nordstrom competes with other companies ...
  37. Securities-Based Lending

    The practice of making loans using securities as collateral.
  38. Dow 30

    Commonly referred to as just the "Dow," the Dow 30 was created by Wall Street Journal editor Charles Dow and got its name ...
  39. Women in Finance

    Investopedia speaks with some of the leading women in finance, covering their careers, influences and lessons learned along ...
  40. Federal Open Market Committee Meeting - FOMC Meeting

    The meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) that occurs eight times a year. Consisting of 12 members, they determine ...
  41. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

    The FOMC is the branch of the Federal Reserve Board that determines the direction of monetary policy. The FOMC meets several ...
  42. SEDAR: System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval

    SEDAR is a Canadian electronic filing system that allows listed companies to report their securities-related information ...
  43. Minimum Wage

    The minimum wage is a legally mandated price floor on hourly wages, below which non-exempt workers may not be offered or ...
  44. Brexodus

    Brexit could spark an exodus of people and businesses from the UK.
  45. Ben Bernanke

    Ben Bernanke was the chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014.
  46. What’s the difference between overdraft protection and overdraft settings?

    Learn what overdraft settings are, how they impact your relationship with your bank and how they govern the overdraft protections ...
  47. What does a Quantitative Analyst Do?

    What does a quantitative analyst actually do? We asked them.
  48. Are Certificates of Deposit (CDs) Taxable?

    Learn the tax consequences on certificates of deposit, how they are reported and how penalties on early withdrawals can affect ...
  49. Can a Foreign Individual Open a Savings Account in the United States?

    Find out what it takes for a foreign individual to open a savings accounts in the United States in an age of heightened awareness ...
  50. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
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