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The Economy Added 171,000 Jobs in October
The Economy Added 171,000 Jobs in October

Durable Goods Orders Show Economy Still Firmly in Expansion
Durable Goods Orders Show Economy Still Firmly in Expansion

Fed's QE4 Buys Time for Fiscal Cliff Resolution
Fed's QE4 Buys Time for Fiscal Cliff Resolution

Durable Goods Up 9.9% in September
Durable Goods Up 9.9% in September

Frankenstorm Is Unwelcome Halloween Visitor
Frankenstorm Is Unwelcome Halloween Visitor

The Economy Grew a Healthy 2% in Q3
The Economy Grew a Healthy 2% in Q3

And the Winner Is ... Romney-Biden?
And the Winner Is ... Romney-Biden?

How an Obama Win Affects the Economy
How an Obama Win Affects the Economy

And Now...Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff
And Now...Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

Mild October Inflation Good for Holiday Retail Sales
Mild October Inflation Good for Holiday Retail Sales

October Retail Sales Down, But Not Because of Sandy
October Retail Sales Down, But Not Because of Sandy

The Gist of the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
The Gist of the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Durable Goods Orders Mildly Encouraging
Durable Goods Orders Mildly Encouraging

Q3 GDP Revised Up to 2.7%
Q3 GDP Revised Up to 2.7%

Compare Fiscal Cliff Proposals
Compare Fiscal Cliff Proposals

Dimon Says Once Fiscal Cliff Is Solved, Economy Will Grow 4%
Dimon Says Once Fiscal Cliff Is Solved, Economy Will Grow 4%

Shoppers Resume Love Affair With Credit Cards
Shoppers Resume Love Affair With Credit Cards

Economy Grows a Healthy 3.1% After GDP Revision
Economy Grows a Healthy 3.1% After GDP Revision

Prices Dropped .3% in November
Prices Dropped .3% in November

Sandy's Impact on November Retail Sales Mixed
Sandy's Impact on November Retail Sales Mixed

Plan "B" Scrapped. Now What?
Plan B Scrapped. Now What?

Did You Know Your Taxes Are Going Up, Anyway?
Did You Know Your Taxes Are Going Up, Anyway?

November Durable Goods Up .7%
November Durable Goods Up .7%

2012 U.S. Economy in Review -- Waiting to Inhale
2012 U.S. Economy in Review -- Waiting to Inhale

We're Going Over the Cliff -- For About a Week
We're Going Over the Cliff -- For About a Week

House Approves Fiscal Cliff Bill -- What It Means to You
House Approves Fiscal Cliff Bill -- What It Means to You

Jobs Report Shows Fiscal Cliff Held Economy Hostage
Jobs Report Shows Fiscal Cliff Held Economy Hostage

Americans Took Advantage of Low-Interest Loans in November
Americans Took Advantage of Low-Interest Loans in November

Predictions for 2013
Predictions for 2013

December Retail Sales Encouraging
December Retail Sales Encouraging

The Best of Times -- Low Inflation AND Low Interest Rates
The Best of Times -- Low Inflation AND Low Interest Rates

How Obama "Flipped the Script"
How Obama Flipped the Script

S&P 500 Closes Above 1500 for 1st Time Since 2007
S&P 500 Closes Above 1500 for 1st Time Since 2007

Economy Contracts in Q4, But Don't Be Alarmed
Economy Contracts in Q4, But Don't Be Alarmed

Why Are Gas Prices Rising Again!?!
Why Are Gas Prices Rising Again!?!

Sequestration May Be Delayed Until September
Sequestration May Be Delayed Until September

Obama's SOTU Doesn't Reduce Debt - and That's Good for Now
Obama's SOTU Doesn't Reduce Debt - and That's Good for Now

CPI Reports No Inflation, Despite Rising Gas Prices
CPI Reports No Inflation, Despite Rising Gas Prices

The Effects of "Sequestration Friday"
The Effects of Sequestration Friday

Cuts in Defense Spending Lowers Durable Goods Orders
Cuts in Defense Spending Lowers Durable Goods Orders

U.S. Economy Grew .1% Last Quarter
U.S. Economy Grew .1% Last Quarter

Dow Closes at a Record High
As far as Wall Street is concerned, the recession is over. Yes, that's right, today the Dow Jones Industrial Average finally breached its record closing of

Consumer Debt Now $22,720 per Household
Credit card use rose just .1% in January, according to the Federal Reserve's G-19 Consumer Credit Report. This followed December's 4.4% drop. Instead, families

Economic Shocks Are Inevitable, Says Bernanke
In a speech to the banking community this morning, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned that economic shocks are an inevitable consequence of a

Durable Goods Orders Up 5.7%
In February, manufacturers' orders for durable goods rebounded 5.7% after dropping 3.8% (revised) in January. Orders rose $232.1 billion, driven by an

Q4 GDP Growth Rate Revised Up Again
More good news for the economy, as the estimate of GDP growth for the fourth quarter 2012 (October-December) was revised upward again. The Bureau of Economic

S&P 500 Hits New All-time High
Wall Street gave another vote of confidence in the economy by driving the S&P 500 above its pre-recession closing of 1565.15. This general index of stock

Where Does Your $3.8 Trillion Go?
President Obama's $3.8 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2014 will only have a $744 billion deficit. This is about half the record $1.4 trillion deficit set by

Drop in March Retail Sales Blamed on Cold Weather
March retail sales was $418.3 billion, a .4% decline from February. The weakness was led by an expected 2.2% drop in gasoline station store sales. However, many

Durable Goods Down 5.7% in March
Manufacturers' orders for durable goods fell a disappointing 5.7% in March, thanks mainly to fewer orders for Boeing aircraft. This makes sense, since a 20%

First Quarter GDP Growth Higher at 2.5%
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy grew 2.5% during the first quarter 2013 (January-March). As predicted last month, the advance estimate

U.S. Reducing Debt for 1st Time in 6 Years
The U.S. Treasury Department said it will be able to pay down $35 billion of the nation's debt this quarter (April - June). That's the first time it's been able

U.S. Added 165,000 New Jobs in April
In April, 165,000 jobs were added, more than the 150,000 minimum required for healthy economic growth. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.5%. Both the February

Is the Yuan Replacing the Dollar as the World's Reserve Currency?
A reader asks: Hi Kimberly, I came across this article today and wanted to run it by you. This makes it sound like China really has a large stronghold in

Shoppers Celebrate Spring, Boosting April Sales .1%
Retail sales rose .1% in April, to $419 billion, after a .4% decline in March. Increases in spring-inspired categories, such as clothing (up 1.2%), gardening

Durable Goods Up 3.3% in April
Manufacturers' orders for durable goods in April to $222.6 billion, a healthy 3.3% increase. This was great news after the 5.9% drop in March. The boost in

First Quarter Economic Growth Revised Only Slightly
Fortunately, the Bureau of Economic Analysis barely revised its estimate of the GDP growth rate for Q1 2013. The economy grew 2.4%, instead of 2.5%, from

Is the Economy Really on the Mend?
A reader asks: ...I must take you up on a point where you are stressing that the US economy is on the mend with housing and Wall Street up. First, the

May Jobs Report Means Slow, Steady Growth
In May, 175,000 jobs were added, more than the 150,000 minimum required for healthy economic growth. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.6%, a sign that

Why Economy Only Grew 1.8% in Q1
Wow! The Bureau of Economic Analysis lowered its estimate of  GDP growth for Q1 2013 to a measly 1.8%, down from its previous estimate of 2.4%. Why such a

Consumers Shun Credit Cards in Favor of Loans
In April, consumers only added another $100 million in credit card debt. This sounds like a lot, until you realize it's just a 1% increase to the $849.1 billion

Auto Purchases Boost May Retail Sales
May retail sales rose .6% to $421.1 billion. This followed a .1% increase in April, and a .4% decline in March. The greatest contribution came from auto sales,

Low Inflation Paves Way for QE Continuation
The Consumer Price Index was up just .1% in May. This followed a .4% decline in April. What's weighing down the index? An overall decline in commodities

Global Summit Promotes World's Largest Trade Agreement
The G-8 Summit meeting of top developed country leaders was held June 18-19 in Ireland. They agreed to further the Transatlantic Trade and Investment

Business Orders Up 3.6% in May
Manufacturers' orders for durable goods rose 3.6% in May to $231 billion. This was a welcome addition to April's 3.6% increase, following a 5.9% drop in March.

How High Will Interest Rates Go?
A reader asks: Once the Fed raises the Fed funds rate, how high do you think it will go? That's a great question. I don't think it will go any higher than

How the Fed Affects Food Prices
A reader asks: How does (Federal Reserve Chairman) Bernanke printing $85B every month to drop the yield on Treasury bills cause food prices to increase?

Happy Independence Day, America!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among

195,000 Jobs Added in June, Says Report
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 195,000 jobs were added in June, more than the 150,000 minimum required for healthy economic growth. The

Mortgage Rates Hit Two-Year High - Why That Won't Hurt Housing Recovery
Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to an average 4.66%, a two-year high. That's more than a point above the 3.52% rate set just two months ago

Slower Retail Sales Worry Investors, But Shouldn't
Retail sales crept up just .4% in June, to $422.8 billion. This worries investors, who expected more robust growth. They are concerned that most of the sales

Economic Growth Revised Up to a Healthy 2.5% for Q2
From April through June, the U.S. economy grew 2.5%. This is a much higher than the first estimate of 1.7%, released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis just a

Remembering 9/11
Today is the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. More lives were lost than from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Terrorism was met with heroism from

Detroit Declares Bankruptcy
Yesterday, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making history as the largest American city to take this desperate action. This is important for

Healthcare Costs Down -- Thanks to Obamacare?
Here's something you probably thought you'd never see. The costs for medical care commodities, like medications, medical equipment and supplies, are .1% lower

Gas Prices Rose 6.3% in June
You've probably already noticed that gas prices spiked up again in June, after falling since February. Find out why in Why Are Gas Prices So High? Prices rose

Health Care Costs #1 Cause of Bankruptcy
Health Care Costs #1 Cause of Bankruptcy

Will Markets Collapse If Fed Removes Stimulus?
A reader asks: I am afraid if the Fed takes away the stimulus the markets will collapse. You're not alone. The first time Federal Reserve Chairman Ben

Economy Chugging Along at 1.7% Growth
Over the past three months, the U.S. economy grew 1.7%. This is slower than the ideal growth rate of two to three percent. The Bureau of Economic Analysis

Economy Added 162,000 Jobs in July
There were 162,000 jobs added in July, slightly more than the 150,000 minimum required for healthy economic growth. This means that third quarter economic

Protect Yourself From Interest Rate Increases
Long term interest rates have risen. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose around a full percentage point to in May and June, and continues to hover

Why Plans to Reform Fannie and Freddie Will Fail
President Obama announced a new proposal to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by limiting their government guarantees to 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages

School Loans Drive Household Debt -- Why It's Worth It for Many
Credit card debt shrank 3.8% in June, following a 9.1% increase in May. As a result, the total amount of credit card debt dropped to $853.6 billion. This is

Why Retail Sales Will Improve in the Next Six Months
Retail sales reached $424.5 billion in July, rising just .2% after increasing .4% in June. Investors, who were upset about June's report, were happy about the

Does Obamacare Destroy Full-time Jobs?
A reader asks: I saw that 90% of new jobs were due to part time jobs. Isn't that corporations getting ready for Obamacare? That's not going to help the

Lift the Debt Ceiling or Cut Spending?
A reader asks: Economists, such as Paul Krugman, argue the US Government & Federal Reserve should initiate further stimulus, acquiring more debt /

August Retail Sales Boosted by Financed Purchases, Not Back-to-School
Retail sales were $426.6 billion in August, rising another .2% after increasing that amount in July and .4% in June.  This growth was driven by auto sales (up

Why Is the Bond Market Crashing?
A reader asks: Are you able to explain why the bond market is crashing right now? Why is it that rates are rising all of a sudden? Is this expected or could

Why the Dollar Has Strengthened
(Credit: Getty Images) A reader asks: I just read an article and it stated that the Dollar has rebounded from one of the weakest

Home Prices Rising Despite Higher Interest Rates
Home prices in July were 12.4% higher than last year, according to a monthly CoreLogic report. This is despite an increase in interest rates, which takes more

Disappointing Employment Report Still Adds 169,000 Jobs
There were 169,000 jobs added in August, slightly more than the 150,000 minimum required for healthy economic growth, but lower than Wall Street's

G-20 Divided on Syria -- Expect Volatility
The 2013 G-20 Summit was held September 5-6 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Hosted by President Vladimir Putin, it was noteworthy for what wasn't on the agenda,

Credit Card Debt Down, School and Car Loans Up -- Why That's Good for the Economy
Credit card debt shrank another 2.6% in July, after falling 5.2% in June. This more than balances out the substantial 8.1% increase in May, reducing credit card

Government Shutdown - Day 4
Just to make things a little more confusing, the shutdown discussion is becoming linked with the debt ceiling debate. Here's the latest quotes, and what it

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 11
House Republicans were buoyed by their meetings with President Obama yesterday, even though details of a budget negotiation haven't been worked out. Here's

Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 8
House Republicans are taking a page out of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, and may propose another Supercommittee to negotiate a budget acceptable to both

Five Reasons Why the Move to Defund Obamacare Is Daft
On Friday, the House voted 230-189 to pass a stop-gap funding bill to keep the government running past the September 30 shutdown date. However, there's one

Five Years Ago Today: Paulson Pleads for $700 Billion Bailout
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (Credit: Chip Somodevilla /Getty Images) Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has asked Congress to approve a

Five Years Ago Today: Bailout Rejected - Dow Drops 777 Points
Wall Street Trader (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images The rejection of the U.S. $700 billion bailout bill caused U.S. stock markets to

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 9
The impact of the government shutdown is worsening. About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation, and 517,000 veterans or their

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 13
The House isn't in session until Tuesday, while the Senate continues to work toward a solution. Here's what's happened today: Senate Majority Leader

Government Shutdown - Day 3
Both sides seem to be blaming the other for the government shutdown. What do they really mean? Here's a handy translation guide. Quote: President Obama:

CPI Report Signals Housing Rebound Still Thriving
There are three main take-aways from the Labor Department's most recent Consumer Price Index report. First, there's no threat of general inflation. Overall

Government Shutdown - Day 2
This shutdown occurred because the Republican-controlled House want to stop the rollout of Obamacare. For the reasons why, see Repeal Obamacare? The

Will You Get "Slammed" by Obamacare?
A reader writes: I am scared to death of Obamacare and what it means to me and my family. So far, the promise of lower premiums is not happening in my state

Five Years Ago Today: "Worst Global Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression"
Worried Wall Street trader (Credit: Spencer Platt /Getty Images This morning, an AP article described the current economic situation as

How Does a Government Shutdown Affect You?
The standoff between the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate over Obamacare will probably result in a government shutdown starting at

Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 7
At the top of House Speaker Boehner's conditions for opening the government and raising the debt ceiling include spending cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and of

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 12
The latest developments have shifted the hopes for a solution from the House to the Senate. Here's what's happened today: Budget negotiations between

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 14
The Senate will resume negotiations later today. Financially, they are only $70 billion apart, but ideologically they are light-years apart. Here's a

What Drove October's 204,000 Jobs Gain?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics surprised everyone by reporting that 204,000 jobs were created in October. This was much higher than the 148,000 jobs reported

Only 148,000 Jobs Added in September
The Bureau of Labor Statistics did not release its highly anticipated Employment Situation Summary today, another victim of the government shutdown. It

"You Can Keep Your Existing Plan"...for Another Year...Maybe
Have you gotten a letter from your insurance company cancelling your plan because it doesn't comply with the Affordable Care Act? Good news -- you might be able

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff - Day 16
It looks like a bill will go to the President no later than Saturday. Here's what's happened:Yesterday's House proposal was dropped by Speaker Boehner. It

Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Standoff Ends - Now What?
The final bill approved by the Senate, the House and signed by the President will raise the debt ceiling until February 7 and reopen the Federal government

Federal Debt Now More Than $17 Trillion
Last Friday, while Congress cut the deal to keep the government running for a few more months, the U.S. national debt quietly blew past $17 trillion. This

September Inflation at .2%
Although it was released late (thanks to the government shutdown), the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index report had no surprises. There continues to be no

Retail Sales Down .1% in September
The September Retail Sales Report was not released by the Commerce Department this month, thanks to the government shutdown. However, the Capital Spectator

Hedge Fund Investors - Who Invests in Hedge Funds - The Benefits of Investing in Hedge Funds
Hedge fund investors are generally wealthier and more sophisticated than the individual investors.

The Long Term Capital Management Hedge Fund and the LTCM Crisis
The Long Term Capital Management hedge fund was a highly respected investment company that used derivatives to earn high returns, until it collapsed. The LTCM crisis could have spread globally without the intervention by the Federal Reserve -- although some critics say it wasn't necessary.

What Is the Ideal or Healthy GDP Growth Rate for the Economy
The ideal GDP growth rate is one that enable the economy to grow at a healthy rate. If growth is too fast, the economy risks inflation. If growth is too slow, the economy risks recession or even depression.

Hurricane Gustav and the Economic Impact
How did Hurricane Gustav affect the U.S. Economy?

Fannie and Freddie Costs - What Are the Costs of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailout
What are the costs of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout by the U.S. Treasury Department.

How Much Should U.S. Spend on National Security
Can the U.S. Afford the Economic Cost of National Security? Share your opinion. Page 2.

Unemployment Stabilizes at 9.7%
The February employment report shows there are 3.2 million fewer jobs than February of last year. This is bad, BUT it is better than July, when there

CBO Report on Obamacare
The CBO reported that Obamacare will reduce the budget deficit $143 billion even though it costs $940 billion to implement. That's because the Affordable Care Act is funded through taxes, higher fees to providers and savings in education.

National Deficit and Debt
The U.S. deficit adds to the debt each year, while interest on the debt increases the deficit. This spiraling cost can negatively impact economic growth.

USA National Debt Clock Definition and History
The U.S. debt clock tracks the national debt, which exceeded $17 trillion on October 17, 2013. Find out the history of the debt clock, where it is and what other ways you can measure the ever-increasing U.S. debt.

Debt Ceiling Debate
What do you think of the debt ceiling debate? . Page 2.

Debt Ceiling Debate
What do you think of the debt ceiling debate?

Forex Trading and Market Impact on the Dollar and the Economy
Forex trading is more than $4 trillion per day, greatly influencing the value of the dollar and the U.S. economy.

Iceland Financial Crisis Bankruptcy and Economy
The financial crisis in Iceland in 2008 led to its bankruptcy. Find out why the same could not happen in the U.S.

Top 10 Economic Events in 2008
What were the Top 10 critical issues in the U.S. Economy in 2008? It was such a dramatic year, it is hard to pick just ten events. Here are the ones that were most dramatic and pivotal.

Islamic Banking
Islamic banking follows shariah law.

Money Supply Definition
The money supply includes cash, checking and savings accounts. The money supply is no longer really correlated to economic growth. Find out why.

What Is an IPO - Definition and Meaning
IPO, or initial public offering, is when a company first sells shares of stock to raise a large amount of funds.

How Much Should U.S. Spend on National Security
Can the U.S. Afford the Economic Cost of National Security? Share your opinion.

Dow Jones Stock Averages including DJIA Definitions and History
Explains the Dow Jones Averages, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Dow Jones Utility Average, and why each are important to understanding the US economy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
President Vladimir Putin's economic policies initially made him very popular at home. However, he needs to expand beyond the energy sector to ensure continued prosperity.

Health Care Reform Timeline
The Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012 that the most of the Affordable Health Care Act was upheld, including its controversial individual mandate. The Court considered it a tax, which was within Congress' Constitutional power.

Turkmenistan - A Profile of Turkmenistan's Economy
Turkmenistan has more natural gas reserves than Canada and is centrally located between Russian, Europe and China. Its eventual alliance with these countries will affect the global balance of power.

Stock Market Crash
A stock market crash is different from a correction, decline, and a bear market. Find out how to identify a crash, and how to tell if the stock market is about to crash. Most important, learn what to do to protect yourself from a stock market crash.

Irrational Exuberance Definition
Irrational exuberance is why investors create an asset bubble. How to recognize the signs so you don't get caught up in the mania.

Black Tuesday Stock Market Crash Definition and What Caused Black Tuesday in 1929
Black Tuesday (October 29, 1929) was the fourth and last day of the stock market crash of 1929. Panicked investors stampeded out of stocks, kicking off the Great Depression.

Bull Market
A bull market is when prices of any investment category continues to rise. It is driven by investors confidence, which can lead to irrational exuberance and an asset bubble.

Joe Biden and the Economy
A profile of Vice-President Joe Biden's views on the economy, and how it will affect you.

Capital Gains Tax Definition
What exactly is capital gains and the capital gains tax, and how capital gains and the capital gains tax affects you.

FDIC or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
A profile of FDIC, how the FDIC insurance protects your money, and how it protects the U.S. economy.

What Are Securities - Definition and How They Affect the US Economy
Securities is a term used to loosely describe stocks, bonds and other investments. Securities allow ownership of corporations and other investments without taking physical possession. They are usually highly liquid, allowing you to sell them easily on the secondary market.

Disadvantages, Problems and Negative Effects of NAFTA
NAFTA cost many workers their jobs in the U.S., and led to exploitation of workers in Mexico. Find out the other disadvantages of NAFTA, and why NAFTA had so many ill effects.

Bear Market Definition
The definition of a bear market in the stock market.

Lift the Debt Ceiling or Raise Taxes?
Economists, such as Paul Krugman, argue the US Government & Federal Reserve should initiate further stimulus, acquiring more debt / widening the monetary

Should Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated?
Did Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cause the subprime mortgage crisis? Some legislators propose eliminating Fannie and Freddie. Do you agree? Should Fannie and Freddie be eliminated?

GDP by Country Best Ways to Compare
What is the best way to compare GDP by country? Depends on why you want to compare them. Find out when to use purchasing power parity, the official exchange rate and GDP per capita. Links to official sources for comparing GDP by country.

Financial Capital
Financial capital is the funding that creates more supply in the economy.

How Would You Spend Government Stimulus Check
In 2009, the Federal government mailed out $250 stimulus checks to Social Security, Veterans and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries. If you qualified to receive a check, how would you spend it? Or would you save it?

Where to Buy Gold
Do you think buying gold is a good strategy? If so, how and where should you buy gold?

What Is the Gold Standard
What the gold standard is, and why a return to the gold standard would adversely affect the U.S. economy

How We Compete - Globalization Impact on Competitiveness
How the impact of globalization affects how companies compete. A review of the book,

Summary of the Economy of Venezuela
How the economy of Venezuela impacts the U.S. economy.

Bear Stearns - A Profile of the Bearn Stearns Bailout
A profile of Bear Stearns and the Bearn Stearns bailout. What it was, why it went bankrupt, and how it is important to the U.S. economy.

Washington Mutual - How WaMu Went Bankrupt
What is Washington Mutual, and why did it become the largest bank failure in history?

What Are Small Businesses
The definition of a small business changes depending on the industry and Federal program. Find out what programs, including Obamacare, apply to which size business.

G8 Summit
At the annual G8 Summit, the eight leaders of the developed world meet to further their economic goals. The 2013 Summit promoted the TTIP. The G8 Summit is being superseded by the G20 Summit as the balance of world economic power shifts.

The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It
Review of The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It. Why the book predicts a collapse of the dollar, how to prepare for a dollar collapse. Why some of their predictions are not well-substantiated.

Fed Funds Definition
Fed funds, or Federal Reserve funds, are loans that banks make to each other to meet reserve requirements.

Understanding the Subprime Mortgage Crisis and How It Affects the US Economy
The subprime mortgage crisis put the U.S. economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Find out how it unfolded, affecting first the real estate market and then the economy overall.

Photos of Great Depression - Some Important Photos of Great Depression
During the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions. These photos have become a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show, better than numbers, the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous photos portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to cities in search of work. Page 5.

Photos of Great Depression - Photos that Show the Economic Impact of the Great Depression
The Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions of the Great Depression. They are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. Page 7.

Photos of Great Depression
The Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions of the Great Depression. They are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. Page 4.

Photos of Great Depression - Photos that Show the Economic Impact of the Great Depression
The Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions of the Great Depression. They are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. Page 6.

Photos of Great Depression - Photos that Show the Economic Impact of the Great Depression
The Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions of the Great Depression. They are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. Page 2.

Photos of Great Depression - Photos that Show the Economic Impact of the Great Depression
The Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions of the Great Depression. They are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. Page 3.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization- Profile of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The Shangai Cooperation Organization was formed by China to develop the oil and natural gas in its neighboring countries.

United Nations - What Is the United Nations - How Does the United Nations Affect the US Economy
The United Nations. US Economy.

Mike Huckabee and the Economy
A profile of the 2008 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee's economic platform and its potential impact on the economy.

John McCain and Trade
What qas 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain's position on the free trade issues? Find out how his proposals would impact the U.S. economy, and what trade issues he is missing.

Contractionary Monetary Policy Definition
Contractionary monetary policy definition and how the Federal Reserve uses it to avoid inflation. Examples of contractionary monetary policy, including how it caused the Depression and deflation.

Recession and Depression - Definition of Recession and Depression - Causes of Recession and Depression - How to Prepare
This introduction to recession and depression will answer whether we are in a recession or depression now. It also defines recession and depression, and explains the causes of recession and depression. You will learn the difference between recession vs depression, and a little history about the Great Depression of 1929. Finally, learn how to prepare for a recession.

Black Monday
Black Monday describes three different days. One day kicked off the Great Depression, another happened in 1987 and the third is the same as Cyber-Monday. Find out about all three.

Different Ways to Determine the Value of Money
Money has value, but who determines how valuable money is? Find out the different ways money is valued, and why the value of money keeps changing.

How Health Care Reform Reduces Health Care Fraud
Health care fraud costs the patients, taxpayers and the the health care industry, billions. Find out how it can be reduced by health care reform.

How Interest Rates Are Determined
Basic primer on interest rates, including Fed funds rate, Treasury Bonds, mortgage interest rates and the rates on revolving and non-revolving interest rates. Explains how different interest rates are determined. Discusses future interest rate trends, and the impact of an inverted yield curve.

Trade Agreements
Trade agreements can make or break a country's economy. Find out what trade agreements are, the different types of trade agreements, and how they affect the U.S. economy.

What Is a Ponzi Pyramid Scheme
What is a Ponzi pyramid scheme? Who is Charles Ponzi?

Gross National Product Definition (GNP)
Gross National Product is the total economic output of a country's citizens and companies, no matter where they are located. It is also called Gross National Income. Don't confuse it with Gross Domestic Product.

Fiscal Policy - Definition of Fiscal Policy and the Components of Fiscal Policy
A definition of fiscal policy with links to descriptions of the components of fiscal policy, including revenue, taxes, mandatory spending, discretionary spending, and the budget deficit.

What Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? What the Bureau was supposed to do, and what it's done so far. Elizabeth Warren's role in creating the agency.

Review of IOUSA the Movie
A review of IOUSA the movie. US Economy.

Get Out of Debt - How to Get Out of Debt - A Life Preserver in a Sea of Debt
Read this book and learn how to get out of debt. Book Review of A Life Preserver in a Sea of Debt.

What is retailing and why it's important to the economy
What is retailing, and why is retailing important to the economy. How the economy affects retailing.

How Human Resource Outsourcing Affects the U.S. Economy
Human resource outsourcing has changed with the recession and with globalization. What are the trends in human resource outsourcing, and how does it affect the U.S. economy.

Do Tax Cuts Create Jobs
Across-the-board tax cuts are not the best way to create jobs. Payroll tax cuts that target new hires are the most effective.

Labor Department - A Profile of the Labor Department and How It Affects the US Economy
The Department of Labor seeks to provide a productive workforce for the U.S. economy.

State Department Profile - How the State Department Implements US Foreign Policy
A description of the State Department and how it implements foreign policy.

Labor Force - The Impact of an Aging Labor Force on the US Economy
As Baby Boomers age, the labor force will age, also. However, many workers will not be able to afford to retire. What this means for the U.S. economy.

A Profile of the 2008 Mitt Romney Economic Platform
What was the 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's economic platform? How would it have affected the U.S. economy?

FY 2010 US Mandatory Budget
What was proposed for the FY 2010 Federal Budget for mandatory spending programs? A comparison between the budget and what was actually spent by the Federal government for Social Security and health care, such as the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Bolivia Economy - Economy of Bolivia
Bolivia has large natural gas reserves, making it important to the U.S. economy.

Fathers Day 2011 retail sales
Shoppers plan to spend more on Father's Day in 2011 than they did on Father's Day 2010.

Compare the Top 2008 Presidential Candidates Proposals to End High Gas Prices
How do the top two 2008 Presidential candidates compare in how they would address high gas prices? Find out which proposals would actually address the true cause of high gas prices, and they would impact on the U.S. economy.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Facts
Estimates of the economic impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Domestic Abuse Statistics
Statistics show that domestic abuse cost the U.S economy as much as $67 billion a year. Find out how these domestic abuse statistics are computed. Learn the statistics on the cost of domestic abuse for businesses, and how to calculate the cost of domestic abuse to your business.

Why Extended Federal Unemployment Benefits Boost the Economy
Find out why extended Federal unemployment benefits are the best way to boost the economy in a recession - and are worth the cost to the budget.

What Was the Senate Health Care Reform Bill
A brief description of the important elements in the Senate health care reform bill and how it would have affected the U.S. economy

Hurricane Ike and Its Impact on the US Economy
How Hurricane Ike affected the U.S. Economy.

Hurricane Katrina Damage Facts and Economic Effects
The effects of Hurricane Katrina's damage to the U.S. economy still linger. Why was Katrina the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history? Many factors contributed, including Katrina's path through the Gulf oil fields and the heavily-populated City of New Orleans. The damage was worsened when the levees broke, causing massive flooding.The facts around Hurricane Katrina's damage.

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
A review of The Post-American World, by Newsweek editor Fareed Zakaria.

Alternative Fuel Sources
Many alternative fuels won't become feasible until the price to produce them comes down.

Compare the 2008 Presidential Candidates on Free Trade
How do the 2008 Presidential candidates compare on free trade issues? Find out how their proposals would impact the U.S. economy.

Why Inflation Hasn't Been a Concern Until Now
Why inflation hasn't been a concern until now.

What Are Manufacturing Jobs
What are manufacturing jobs? Examples of types of manufacturing jobs. How automation and new processes will change them.

Learn How the U.S. Economy Works in 5 Days
Learn How the U.S. Economy Works in 5 Days

Why Is April 15 the Tax Deadline
Why tax day was April 17 in 2012, April 18 in 2011 when it is April 15 most other years. History and origins of why April 15 is tax day.

Economic Depression Definition
Definition of economic depression.Why a depression won't happen again. How a depression was averted in 2008. The cause of the Great Depression of 1929.

Compare the Financial Crisis to the Savings and Loans Crisis and Other Crises
How the financial crisis compares to the Savings and Loans Crisis of the 1980s and other bank crises.

How Does Freelance Work for You
Does working freelance work for you? Since businesses hire many more freelance, part-time and temporary workers, does that provide you more flexibility or would you prefer a full-time,steady job? Share your experiences.

US Department of Treasury Profile
The US Treasury Department manages Federal Government revenue, collects taxes via the I.R.S., and oversees the public debt. It also prints money and stamps, enforces Federal finance laws and freezes the finances of terrorists. Find out what else this critical government agency does, and how it affects you and the U.S. economy.

Tariffs
Tariffs are taxes or duties usually levied on imports to protect domestic goods. How tariffs affect the economy, including the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, and past tariffs like the Smoot-Hawley and Tariffs on Abominations.

Top Economic Events of the Past Decade
What do you think were the top economic events of the past decade? What affected you the most?

How to Get Grants for Starting a Small Business
Small business grants are available from the government. Is it worth applying for government grants for small businesses?

Bees Colony Collapse Disorder Facts
The bee colony collapse disorder could cost the U.S. economy $15 billion, and lead to higher food prices.

Natural unemployment rate
The natural unemployment rate is the amount of unemployment that even a healthy economy will have simply due to job turnover, mismatch between jobs and skills, and minimum wage laws.

Series I Savings Bonds Definition and How I Bonds Can Protect You From Inflation
A definition of I Bonds, and their advantage over regular Savings Bonds in protecting you from inflation.

Interest Only Loan Definition
A definition of an interest-only loan, also known as an interest-only mortgage, in which the borrower's monthly payment is only towards the interest.

Year Over Year Growth Rate Definition and How to Calculate
Definition of the year-over-year growth rate, how to calculate it, and why using it gives a better sense of a trend than comparing month to month or week to week.

Warren Buffett Owner of Berkshire Hathaway Biography and Business Quotes
Warren Buffett's success with Berkshire Hathaway has made him one of the world's richest men. As a result, his quotes about business are highly regarded. Read his biography to find out what makes him important to the U.S. economy.

Money Market Funds
Explains what money market funds are and how money markets affect the U.S. economy.

The Real Wealth of Nations
The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler shows how economics should measure the true contributors to economic growth - child care and education. The true cost of many products are not captured in economic models - pollution, child labor and even health costs. Economic models need to be changed to create a sustainable future. What is important needs to be measured.

Summary of Fiscal Year 2010 US Government Federal Budget
What was in the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Budget? A summary of the Federal FY 2010 budget, President Obama's first budget, and how it affected the economy.

Photos of Great Depression - Photos that Show the Economic Impact of the Great Depression
The Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions of the Great Depression. They are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work.

Photos of Great Depression - Some Important Photos of Great Depression
During the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the living conditions. These photos have become a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The photos show, better than numbers, the adverse effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Some of the most famous photos portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to cities in search of work.

Income Per Capita
Definition of income per capita, recent trends and the causes behind why the purchasing power of that income has been declining.

Off Budget Definition
A definition of off budget revenue, which is primarily revenues from the Social Security Trust Fund.

HOPE NOW - A Profile of the HOPE NOW Alliance
A description of the HOPE NOW program and how it can help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

President FY 2008 Budget
A top-level review of the President's FY 2008 Budget and its impact on the U.S. economy.

Supply and Demand
How supply and demand are the forces which create the U.S. economy. Supply includes inputs, such as labor, capital, and natural resources. Labor includes employment, unemployment, and productivity. Economic outputs are also explained, including products and services. An explanation of both domestic and international demand.

FY 2012 Budget - Details of the FY 2012 Budget - All You Need to Know About the FY 2012 Budget
A summary and details about the FY 2012 Budget. Helps you understand the FY 2012 budget.

Obama and the Economy
Even before he took office, President Obama has focused on the economy. Find out what programs he's proposed and launched, and their impact on the U.S. economy.

Retail sales encouraging, but not booming
Retail sales encouraging, but not booming

Retail sales encouraging, but not booming
Retail sales encouraging, but not booming

Downturn in Real Estate Business Could Threaten Economy
Downturn in Real Estate Business Could Threaten Economy

2006 Current Account Deficit Could Exceed $900 Billion
2006 Current Account Deficit Could Exceed $900 Billion

Federal Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicare by $56 Billion in 2012
Federal Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicare by $56 Billion in 2012

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Fed Lowers Discount Rate - What Does It Mean?
Fed Lowers Discount Rate - What Does It Mean?, U.S. Economy, On Friday, August 17, the Federal Reserve lowered its discount rate from 6.25% to 5.75%.

Fed Bailout - Similar to Savings and Loan Crisis?
Fed Bailout - Similar to Savings and Loan Crisis?, U.S. Economy, After reading my blog last week about Fed Bailout - How, Why and Will It

Is Fed Bailout Similar to Savings and Loan Crisis?
Is Fed Bailout Similar to Savings and Loan Crisis?, U.S. Economy, After reading my blog last week about Fed Bailout - How, Why and Will It

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Get Lost Lessons for Learn How the U.S. Economy Works in 5 Days
Learn How the U.S. Economy Works in 5 Days

US Economy - FAQs
An index of FAQs for the US Economy guide site.

US Economy - FAQs
An index of FAQs for the US Economy guide site.

US Economy, - Profiles
An index of Profiles for the US Economy guide site.

How the U.S. Economy Works
How the U.S. Economy Works

Pricing
How pricing impacts the U.S. economy. An explanation of inflation, deflation and stagflation. Current issues affecting inflation, including imports, oil prices and wage inflation.

US Economy, - FAQs
An index of FAQs for the US Economy guide site.

US Economy, - FAQs
An index of FAQs for the US Economy guide site.