Matthew Johnston

Matthew Johnston

  • • 3+ years writing content for Investopedia.
  • • Teaches macroeconomics and Southeast Asian history at St. Stephen's University in St. Stephen, NB.
  • • Passed the first two levels of the CFA exam.


Taking difficult concepts or ideas and breaking them down for the layperson is Matt's specialty, which he has honed over the years beginning with his undergraduate thesis that he wrote on language, meaning and interpretation. Since then, his outlets for developing that specialty have been writing for Investopedia, teaching at St. Stephen's University, and he recently began blogging at on topics related to money and banking (check out his personal profile here:


Matthew received his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from St. Stephen's University and his Masters in Economics at The New School for Social Research.

Quote from Matthew

"The world of finance can feel like an arcane and daunting place for newcomers, but it's just another language that when presented to people in just the right way, doesn't have to be so frightening. That's what I like doing, taking the obscurity out of finance and helping people to see that it's not just for the experts."

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    The Top Three Financial Centres in the World

    New York has unseated London as the leading global financial center and China is third. However, the UK's uncertain role ...
  2. Stocks

    5 Blue Chip Drug Stocks Poised for Long-Term Gains

    Big pharma stocks are making a come back this year on innovations, new drugs, and other positive trends.
  3. Markets & Economy

    How Negative Interest Rates Work

    Policymakers in Europe are choosing an unconventional strategy of negative interest rates. What could happen?
  4. Stocks

    Amazon Seen Rebounding 40% Despite Sharp Pullback

    Amazon stock plunged 16% off its high during the latest pullback.
  5. Stocks

    Why Verizon Is Poised for 20% Returns

    Verizon looks set to outperform as it launches its offering of 5G wireless service.
  6. Markets & Economy

    The Post-Soviet Union Russian Economy

    Building a strong and vibrant economy is not an easy task, especially when remnants of an old structure continue to haunt ...
  7. Small Business

    Smartphones Are Changing Advertising & Marketing

    Smartphones have connected us so much that the speed and relevance of ad and marketing campaigns have become increasingly ...
  8. Markets & Economy

    How Tornadoes Impact The Economy

    Most agree that natural disasters are undesirable forms of economic stimulus, but economists have found that increased economic ...
  9. Markets & Economy

    A Brief History of U.S. Banking Regulation

    From the establishment of the First Bank of the United States to Dodd-Frank, American banking regulation has followed the ...
  10. Stocks

    Why Oaktree’s Marks Is Still Buying in a Bearish Market

    While the market free fall this week is causing some investors to panic, veterans continue to buy.
  11. Career / Compensation

    Should You Go Into Biotech Or Computer Science?

    You may want to rethink that biotechnology career and refocus your innate technical abilities on a career in computer science.
  12. Stocks

    Why Square’s Biggest Bear Sees a 65% Stock Decline

    Shares of fintech company Square have recently tumbled after years of big gains.
  13. Stocks

    Bank Stocks’ Biggest Bull Goes Bearish on Financials

    Veteran bank analyst Dick Bove says banks stocks "are going to go lower."
  14. International / Global

    Worst Cases of Hyperinflation in History

    Here are the three worst episodes of hyperinflation in history. Each makes Venezuela's current inflation crisis seem modest ...
  15. Stocks

    Why Facebook’s Oversold Shares Can Rise 30%

    Facebook's strong core businesses can boost the stock longterm.
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