Economics

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  1. Neiman Marcus Leans On More Debt to Stay Liquid

    Neiman Marcus is among a slew of mall-based retailers trying stay afloat in a rocky retail environment.
  2. What are Common Examples of Monopolistic Markets?

    Discover what causes real instances of market monopoly, how it persists and where monopoly privilege is most common in the ...
  3. The Big Short Explained

    Oscar-nominated film the Big Short explains the complex financial instruments that helped fuel the financial crisis.
  4. What Are Economies Of Scale?

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  5. What Is The Balance Of Payments?

    The balance of payments helps countries to track how much money is coming in and how much money is going out. Learn more ...
  6. What's the most expensive stock of all time?

    The most expensive publicly traded stock of all time is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
  7. Brexit

    Brexit refers to Britain's leaving the European Union, which could happen in as few as two years.
  8. Monopoly

    A situation where a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a given type of product or service, ...
  9. Laissez-Faire

    An economic theory from the 18th century that is strongly opposed to any government intervention in business affairs.
  10. The Basics of Tariffs And Trade Barriers

    Everything you need to know - from the different types of tariffs to their effects on the local economy.
  11. What is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  12. Securities-Based Lending

    The practice of making loans using securities as collateral.
  13. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  14. North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA

    A regulation implemented on Jan. 1, 1994, that eventually eliminated tariffs to encourage economic activity between the United ...
  15. Who or what is Dow Jones?

    Dow Jones is one of the largest business and financial news companies in the world. It owns owns the Dow Jones Industrial ...
  16. What is a basis point (BPS)?

    A basis point is a unit of measure used in finance to describe the percentage change in the value or rate of a financial ...
  17. What is the difference between the Dow and the Nasdaq?

    The Dow refers to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), an important index that indicates how well the overall stock market ...
  18. What is after-hours trading? Am I able to trade at this time?

    After-hours trading (AHT) refers to the buying and selling of securities on major exchanges outside of specified regular ...
  19. What were the objectives of the Glass-Steagall Act?

    Learn about the original objectives of the1933 legislation known as the Glass-Steagall Act and how it affected the banking ...
  20. Did the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act contribute to the 2008 financial crisis?

    Understand the argument that the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act caused the 2008 financial crisis, and learn why the argument ...
  21. What items are considered liquid assets?

    Learn what a liquid asset is, some examples of liquid assets, what a non-liquid asset is and what determines whether as asset ...
  22. What is the formula for calculating beta?

    Find out more about beta, what a stock's or portfolio's beta measures, and learn how to calculate a security's or portfolio's ...
  23. Stock Market

    Exchanges or over-the-counter markets in which shares of publicly held companies are issued and traded, giving companies ...
  24. Time and Sales

    Time and Sales is a real-time data feed of trade orders for a security. Time and sales, or T&S, shows volume, price, ...
  25. Direct Public Offering - DPO

    Direct Public Offering (DPO) is a type of offering where the company offers its securities directly to the public without ...
  26. What's the difference between a long and short position in the market?

    Essentially, when speaking of stocks, long positions are those that are bought and owned, and short positions are those that ...
  27. What is a derivative?

    A derivative is a contract between two or more parties whose value is based on an agreed-upon underlying financial asset, ...
  28. What is the relationship between inflation and interest rates?

    In general, as interest rates are lowered, more people are able to borrow more money, causing the economy to grow and inflation ...
  29. Why do interest rates tend to have an inverse relationship with bond prices?

    At first glance, the inverse relationship between interest rates and bond prices seems somewhat illogical, but upon closer ...
  30. What is the difference between CIF and FOB?

    Learn about the differences between FOB and CIF international trade agreements and the advantages and disadvantages for sellers ...
  31. What is the difference between preferred stock and common stock?

    Preferred and common stocks are different in two key aspects. First, preferred stockholders have a greater claim to a company's ...
  32. Bet Smarter With the Monte Carlo Simulation

    This technique can reduce uncertainty in estimating future outcomes.
  33. Why would a company buyback its own shares?

    Learn about share buybacks and some of the many reasons a company may choose to repurchase its own stock, including ownership ...
  34. What's the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics?

    Microeconomics is generally the study of individuals and business decisions, and macroeconomics looks at higher up country ...
  35. Where was the Dow Jones when Obama took office?

    Find out the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the Jan. 20, 2009 inauguration of President Obama and how it has ...
  36. What is the functional difference between GDP and GNP?

    Find out the difference between GDP and GNP, and how each brings a different perspective to the meaning of economic success.
  37. 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 ...
  38. Used Car Shopping: How to Avoid a Lemon

    Being prepared before buying will save you thousands in the long run.
  39. What is the difference between positive and normative economics?

    Positive economics is objective and fact based, while normative economics is subjective and value based.
  40. Declaration of Conformity (DoC)

    A Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a document stating that a product meets the standards to which it must legally adhere ...
  41. Better Alternative Trading System (BATS)

    Better Alternative Trading System (BATS) is a U.S.-based stock exchange offering investors equities, options, and foreign ...
  42. Article 50

    Article 50 is the clause of the European Union treaty that outlines how to leave the EU. Britain became the first country ...
  43. Unicameral System

    Unicameral system is a government with one legislative house or chamber.
  44. What is the difference between Communism and Socialism?

    Learn how some countries are incorporating socialist methods into capitalism.
  45. Top 6 Mindless Money Wasters

    If you'd like to save more money, first you'll need to conquer the first step: coming up with the cash.
  46. What is GDP and why is it so important to economists and investors?

    The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy.
  47. Silk Route

    The Silk Route is a historic trade route used from the second century BC through 14th century AD that went from China to ...
  48. Cash-And-Carry Trade

    A trading strategy in which an investor buys a long position in a security or commodity while simultaneously selling a short ...
  49. Tracking Volatility: How the VIX is Calculated

    When market volatility spikes or stalls, newspapers, websites, bloggers and television commentators all refer to the VIX®. ...
  50. Reimbursement

    Reimbursement is compensation paid by an organization for out-of-pocket expenses incurred or overpayment made by an employee, ...
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