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Inflation Rate Targeting

Inflation targeting is a monetary policy that sets a goal for inflation. The Federal Reserve's inflation rate target is 2%. Here's how it works.

Demand Curve

The demand curve plots out the demand schedule, which is the quantity demanded at different prices.

Welfare Programs

Welfare programs are government subsidies to the poor. Here's the facts for 6 in the U.S.: TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps, SSI, EITC, and Housing Assistance.

Consumer Spending

Consumer spending drives nearly 70% of the U.S. economy. But what do these statistics mean? What are the current consumer trends and habits?

Durable Goods Orders Report

In June, durable goods orders rose .7%. This leading indicator measures demand for military equipment, commercial airplanes and business machinery.

What Is Retailing?

Retailing is how producers of goods and services get their products to consumers.

Current Inflation Rate

The inflation rate was .3% in June. The core inflation rate was 1.9% year-over-year, just under the Fed's target.

Manufacturing Jobs

Manufacturing jobs create new products from raw materials. They pay well, but are disappearing thanks to robotics.

How Jobs Outsourcing Affects the U.S. Economy

Jobs outsourcing is how U.S. companies hire lower-paid workers in emerging markets instead of Americans.Here's the different types of outsourcing, and their impact.

Income Inequality in America

U.S. income inequality has worsened significantly in the past 30 years. What is the cause, what can be done about it, and how does it affect you?

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