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Which President Added Most to the U.S. Debt?
How much each President actually contributed to the $18 trillion U.S. debt all the way back to Woodrow Wilson. Who added the most percentage-wise.
Black Monday Put Dow 16% Below All-Time High
The Dow historical closing high is 18,312.39 set on May 19, 2015. Here's the DJIA highs and lows during every business cycle since the Depression.
3 Characteristics of a Traditional Economy
A traditional economy relies on hunting, fishing and agriculture. It's guided by traditions. Until the Depression, most of America was traditional.
Where Is the Dollar's Value Headed Next?
The value of the U.S. dollar is measured in 3 ways: exchange rates, Treasury yields and foreign currency reserves. Here's what they're telling you.
See How the U.S. Debt Tripled Since 9/11
Here's national U.S. debt by year, compared to the size of the economy and whether there was a recession, war or other catastrophe.
The Real Owner of the U.S. Debt Will Surprise You
The $18 trillion U.S. national debt is owned by Social Security, the Fed, and foreign investors. Here's the major owners as of June 2015.
Exactly How Much U.S. Debt Does China Own? And...
The U.S. debt to China is $1.224 trillion. Here's why America owes so much to China, and what happens if China calls in its loans.
How High (or Low) Will Oil Prices Go?
Oil price forecasts from the EIA and the OECD for 2015 through 2040. Why they plummeted in 2014, and what happens next.
6 Factors That Make a Market Economy
A market economy is where production of goods and services are regulated by the laws of supply and demand. Here's pros, cons and examples.
Which Presidents Rang Up the Highest Deficits?
The budget deficits for each President all the way back to President Woodrow Wilson. Presidents Bush and Obama had the highest deficits.
What Happened During The Great Depression of...
The Great Depression of 1929 was a 10-year global economic crisis where world trade fell 65%. Here's causes, impact and chances of recurrence.
What Command Economies Are Really Good At
A command economy subjugates individual self-interest to a greater societal or economic goals. It's great at mobilizing economic growth quickly.
How to Calculate the Year-Over-Year Growth Rate
Year-over-year measures statistical changes against the same time period last year.How to calculate, pros, cons and examples.
Is Obamacare Worth It?
Obamacare has many pros and cons. The ACA provides affordable insurance for some, and taxes others. Here's how it affects you.
What's the Difference Between Real and Nominal...
Real GDP is the economic output of a country with inflation taken out. Nominal GDP leaves it in. Here's the real GDP formula, and how it's used.
The 4 Critical Stages of the Business Cycle
The business cycle is the four stages of expansion and contraction in an economy. What GDP to expect, causes, how it's controlled.
Do You Qualify for Federal Assistance?
The 2015 Federal poverty level is the guideline that determines who can receive assistance. It's used for Medicaid, food stamps, and Obamacare.
4 Causes of Unemployment
Unemployment is caused when someone is laid off, fired or quits -- and is still looking for a job.
Why the Dollar Is Worth So Much Less Than It...
The value of a dollar today is much lower than it was 100 years ago. In 1913, $1 could buy what $23.63 does today. Here's why.
What Is a Mixed Economy?
A mixed economy combines the advantages and disadvantages of market, command and traditional economies. Here's examples and U.S. status.
What You Need to Know About the World's Largest...
China's economy is the world's largest, thanks to being the #1 exporter. Here's causes, concerns and effects.
What Made Katrina So Devastating
Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history. It struck both heavily-populated areas and Gulf oil fields.
What You Should Know in Case of US Economic...
A U.S. economic collapse could occur within weeks, as it almost did on September 17, 2008. Several things could cause it, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
How Crude Oil Prices Affect the You and the...
Crude oil prices are the auction price for a barrel of oil at any given time. Here's how prices impact you and the economy, and recent trends.
The 1929 Stock Market Crash: How It Changed...
The Stock Market Crash of 1929 kicked off the Great Depression. Here's the facts behind this devastating crash, what caused it and its effects.
The Key to Understanding What a Country Is Good...
GDP is the measurement of a country's total output. Here's how Gross Domestic Product is calculated, real vs nominal, and GDP vs GNP.
How Much Did Obama Really Add to the Nation's...
The U.S. debt increased $7 trillion during the Obama Administration. But how much did Obamacare, the Stimulus and other programs really add?
Will the U.S. Dollar Collapse or Is That Just...
Will the U.S. dollar collapse, and if so, when? Here's the causes, what happens if it did, and how to protect your finances.
How Central Banks Create Money Out of Thin Air
Monetary policy is how central banks manage liquidity to sustain a healthy economy. Here's its 2 objectives, the 2 policy types, and the tools used.
3 Reasons Why America Is in Debt
The US debt is more than $18 trillion, the largest in the world. Here's the 3 reasons it grew so large, and how it damages U.S. economic growth.
5 Determinants of Demand with Examples and...
The 5 determinants of demand are price, income, prices of related goods, tastes, and expectations. A 6th, for aggregate demand, is number of buyers.
Understand the Greek Debt Crisis in 5 Minutes
The Greece debt crisis is a clash between the Eurozone's monetary and political system. Here's news, causes, and consequences.
The 4 Major Things the U.S. Is Good at Producing
What are the four major components of GDP? Find out what makes up those components, and why personal consumption drives nearly 70% of the economy.
3 Major Causes of Inflation
What causes inflation? The 3 real reasons are demand-pull, cost-push and monetary expansion. Here's what creates those conditions.
Unlike the rest of us, the U.S. government...
The U.S. deficit adds to the debt each year, while interest on the debt increases the deficit. This spiraling cost will hurt economic growth.
What Does the U.S. Import and Export?
The U.S. imported $2.744 trillion and exported $2.272 trillion in 2013. The biggest components of both are oil and consumer goods.
The Government Ends the Auto Industry Bailout....
The auto industry bailout of GM, Ford and Chrysler cost $80 billion, but most has been recovered. Here's what happened and whether it was worth it.
Why Are Gas Prices So High?
High gas prices are caused more by futures traders than supply and demand. Heres' the causes of high gas prices from 2008 - 2015.
The Strange Ups and Downs of the U.S. Economy...
U.S GDP by year measures the output of the U.S. economy during the years since the Great Depression. Compare to growth rate and GDP per capita.
Make Financial Markets Work for You
An introduction to the financial markets, including stocks, bonds, commodities, forex, derivatives and their exchanges.
When Stock Prices Fall: Correction or Crash?
The difference between a stock market correction and a stock market crash.
What Is the American Dream Today?
The American Dream today has drifted far away from that envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Here's what it was, and what it should be.
What Is Trade Protectionism?
Trade protectionism is how countries raise tariffs and reduce imports to protect their domestic industries. Here's pros, cons and examples.
The best ways to solve high unemployment...
A summary of the most popular unemployment solutions, which ones work, and which are the most cost effective solutions.
Here's Why Gold Will Drop Below \$1,000 Again
Gold price history was below $1,000 an ounce until 2009. Here's U.S. gold prices since 1929, and during the Roman Empire and Great Britain.
China Is Now the World's Largest Economy
The world's largest economy is China, which replaced the United States in 2014. The EU is third, after being #1 in 2007. Here's why.
Use the Dow to Predict the Stock Market
The Dow Jones Averages include the Industrial Average (DJIA), the Transportation Average and the Utility Average. Here's what they tell you.
How Do Oil Prices Affect Gas Prices?
Crude oil prices affect 71% of gas prices. Here's how swings in oil prices affected gas prices from 2008 to the present.
How the 9/11 Attacks Still Damage the Economy...
The 9/11 attacks deepened the 2001 recession, led to the War on Terror, and helped create the largest debt in U.S. history.
The Secret Trade Deal That's Bigger Than NAFTA
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) removes export barriers between the U.S. and 11 countries bordering the Pacific. Here's pros,cons and next steps.
The 4 Types of Inflation
There are 4 types of inflation: creeping, walking, galloping and hyper. How cost-push and demand-pull cause them. Plus asset, core and wage inflation.
What Is Inflation? Causes, Types and How It's...
Inflation is defined as when prices rise over an extended period of time. Here's what causes it, the different types, and how it's measured.
The Real Reason We're Sending American Jobs to...
The US trade deficit with China is the largest in the world, and a sign of global economic imbalance. Here's its causes, effects and remedies.
What Is the Current U.S. Federal Budget Deficit?
The U.S. Federal budget deficit will be $474 billion in FY 2016. That's a third of the all-time record deficit of $1.4 trillion, set in FY 2009.
The 14 Biggest Myths About Obamacare That...
The truth about Obamacare behind the 14 biggest myths that people actually believe. Test your knowledge to make sure you aren't being misled.
How Much Is the Dollar Worth in 5 Other...
The U.S. dollar rate what a dollar is worth in another currency. Here's the forces affecting its rate vs the euro, rupee, pound and yen.
What You Should Know About the Dust Bowl and...
What was the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression, why did the Dust Bowl happen, and could the Dust Bowl happen again?
Unemployment Rate Remained at 5.3%
The unemployment rate for July 2015 remained at 5.3%. Here's the monthly unemployment rate statistics since April 2007.
Which Countries Are Oligarchies and Why?
Oligarchy countries include Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia. Here's the top 6, why they're oligarchies, who's involved, and how they got that way.
Why Do Companies Have Different Fiscal Years?
Fiscal Year (FY) is a business or government's financial year. It's usually not the calendar year. Examples from Federal government.
The Surprising Similarities Between Presidents...
Find out the similarities and differences between the economic policies of President Obama and President Bush.
What Not to Do in a Stock Market Crash
A stock market crash is when the stock market loses more than 10% in value in one day. Here's examples, and what not to do.
What Is the History and Purpose of NAFTA?
NAFTA's purpose is to increase trade in North America. Its history began in 1981, when Ronald Reagan campaigned for this free trade zone..
It's the Most Interesting Interest Rate in the...
The Fed funds rate is the interest rate banks charge each other to borrow funds overnight to maintain the reserve requirement.
Guess How Much America Spends on Defense
The US military budget is $763.9 billion once you add components hidden in other budgets. Here's the breakout since 2006.
How Are Interest Rates Determined?
Interest rates are determined by the Fed funds rate and demand for U.S. Treasury notes. Here's how it works.
What Makes the U.S. Dollar So Powerful?
The power of the US dollar means there's little danger of a collapse. It's the world's currency and it's backed by the U.S. government.
What to Do If the Dollar Collapses
If the dollar collapses, there are ways to hedge your losses. Why a dollar decline is more likely. How to protect yourself, and even profit, from both.
The 3 Steps of Hillary's 2016 Economic Plan
Hillary Clinton's 2016 economic platform and how it would affect the U.S. economy. Summaries of prior economic policies. Brief bio.
Why 3 Out of 4 Presidents Agree That Expansiona...
Fiscal policy is how the government uses taxing and spending to expand or contract economic growth. How it differs from monetary policy.
Everything You Need to Know About Inelastic...
Inelastic demand is when the quantity bought doesn't change as much as the price does. How to calculate it, examples and 2 other types.
5 Factors That Predict How Much Obamacare Will...
Your Obamacare costs depends on 5 factors: income, family size, age, location and type of plan. Here's what you need to know before buying insurance.
How Do Treasury Notes Affect Your Mortgage Rates?
Mortgages rates have been rising since falling to a 200-year low in 2012 . Here's how falling demand for U.S. Treasury notes makes sure that continues.
Will the U.S. Ever Default on Its Debt?
The U.S. will probably not default on its debt. Here's what debt default is, and how it would affect the economy if the U.S. did default.
What Happens to the Dollar When the Euro Drops?
The euro to dollar conversion is how many dollars a euro will buy. Here's why it fell to an 12-year low, and how that compares to prior years.
Is the U.S. Deficit Really That Bad?
Here's Federal deficit by year, and what caused it.
What 3 Things Really Drive Oil Prices?
Oil prices are determined by commodities market trading. The 3 factors that affect them are supply, demand and reserves.
What Real GDP per Capita Tells You About Your...
Real GDP per capita is the economic output of a country by person taking out the effect of inflation.
How Reaganomics Cut Taxes, Increased Defense,...
Reaganomics promised to slash government spending and taxes to stimulate the economy out of stagflation and the 1980 recession. It worked, but at a cost.
What did the fourth round of quantitative...
QE4 (January 2013 - October 2014) was the Fed's fourth round of Quantitative Easing. It was unprecedented because it set 2 definite targets.
What Makes Oil Prices So High?
Oil prices in 2015 are rebounding from a 40% drop in 2014. Here's recent causes of high oil prices.
5 Benefits of NAFTA You May Not Even Realize
The advantages of NAFTA for Mexico, Canada and the U.S. include quadrupling of trade, boosting growth and jobs for all three.
How the Fed Created Massive Amounts of Money
Quantitative Easing is when a central bank adds credit to its member banks' reserves in exchange for their securities. How it's worked.
Why Deflation Is a Bigger Threat to You Than...
Deflation is when prices fall. Here are causes, how it's measured, how it's stopped, and why it's worse than inflation. Japan as an example.
3 Things You Should Know About Exchange Rates
Exchange rates determine how much the dollar, or any other foreign currency, is worth compared to another country's currency.
6 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 6 problems of NAFTA.
Is the Government Lying About Unemployment?
The real unemployment rate includes discouraged and part-time workers. It's 10.4%, nearly double the official rate. Is the government lying?
Highest and Lowest Interest Rates and Why They...
In recent history, the Fed funds rate has ranged from 0% to 20%. Here's highs, lows, and a historical chart with major economic events.
5 Ways the American Dream Is Protected
The American Dream was first outlined in the Declaration of Independence, which legally protects each person's desire to pursue happiness.
Read Up on the History of US Recessions
The history of U.S. recessions since the Great Depression. Their causes, length, GDP (original and revised), and unemployment.
Is There Really Any Difference Between Treasury...
Treasury bills, bonds and notes have different maturities. Notes are issued at 2,3,5 and 10 years. Treasury notes fund the U.S. debt.
China's Hidden Influence on the U.S. Dollar
China impact the U.S. dollar's value by keeping its currency, the yuan, artificially low. Here's exactly how it does that.
Use These 3 Harvard Business School Strategies...
Competitive advantage is what makes you better than anyone else. Here's the 3 strategies that work: cost leadership, differentiation and focus.
The Law of Demand Explained Using Examples in...
The law of demand states that the quantity bought depends on the price, ceteris paribus. Explanation using demand schedule, curve and determinants.
How to Calculate the GDP Growth Rate
The GDP growth rate tells you how fast a county's economy is growing. It compares real GDP from one quarter to the next.
Elastic Demand: When the Amount Bought Really...
Elastic demand is when consumers are really sensitive to price changes for a good or service. Here's how to calculate it, examples, and other types.
Fed Lowers Outlook for 2015
The U.S. economic outlook is expansion for 2015 and beyond. Here's the latest forecasts for GDP growth, job creation and oil production.
Economy Growing at a Robust 3.7%
The U.S. economy grew a robust 3.7% in the second quarter, thanks to consumer spending. Compare to all GDP forecasts since 2006.
What Is the Ideal GDP Growth Rate?
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.
What Makes the NASDAQ Different From the Dow...
NASDAQ definition, what it stands for, and the difference between NASDAQ, NYSE, Dow and S&P 500. NASDAQ bubbles and crashes
Why the Rich Keep Getting Richer
An oligarchy is group of influential people or businesses that manage a society. Here's pros, cons, examples of countries, and whether the U.S. is one.
What You Really Need to Know About Obamacare
Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act. It requires you to have health insurance or pay a tax. Here's how it changes your life.
What Are Interest Rates and How Do They Work?
A definition of interest rates, including the APR. How interest rates work to stimulate or slow economic growth.
How Capital Goods Drive Business Success
Capital goods are the machinery, equipment and buildings used by businesses to create supply. Find examples and how it differs from consumer goods.
Is the U.S. Headed Towards the Second Great...
Recent news developments lead many to believe another depression is inevitable if it hasn't started already. Here's the arguments pro and con. Page 2.
Does China Manipulate Its Currency?
The currency of China is the renminbi or yuan. China keeps its value low against the dollar to allow cheap exports to the U.S. How that's changing.
11 Biggest Causes of a Recession
Economic recession is caused by many factors that then lead to a loss of confidence. Here's examples from the 2008, 2001 and prior recessions.
More Americans Immigrate to Mexico Than Vice...
Mexico's economy is becoming more attractive to investors, as President Pena Nieto opens up its energy industries.
Does the Federal Reserve Actually Print Money?
Is the Federal Reserve really printing money? Its ability to create credit out of thin air has the same effect, and creates asset bubbles.
4 Reasons Why Healthcare, and Health Insurance,...
Health care reform was desperately needed. Here's four reasons why.
What Is Demand-Pull Inflation?
Demand-pull inflation is the most common cause of inflation. It's when the demand for a good or service becomes much greater than supply, allowing producers to raise prices. Find out the circumstances that create demand-pull inflation as illustrated by examples.
What Are Hedge Funds?
Hedge funds are private investment funds that promise great rewards, but also present great risks to both investors and the economy.
What Makes the EU So Complex
The European Union (EU) is a single monetary entity comprised of 28 fiscally independent countries. How it works, stats, and history.
How Black Friday Got Its Name
Why is Black Friday called Black Friday? It started out as a negative, but was later turned to a positive. Here's where the term came from.
How Does the Stock Market Work?
The stock market works on several public exchanges where broker dealers buy and sell shares of public companies. Advantages, components, and trends.
The True Cause of 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?
The Warning Signs of a Recession
An economic recession is when growth slows, usually due to a fall-off in consumer demand. As sales drop off, businesses stop expanding.
How the Consumer Price Index Measures the Price...
The Consumer Price Index (CPI Index) measures inflation each month. Here's how it's calculated and the importance of the Core CPI.
How Would You Spend \$787 Billion?
What was in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package, and how well did it succeed?
Advantages and Disadvantages of Foreign Direct...
Foreign direct investment, or FDI, is when businesses from one country invest in businesses in another one. How it works, pros, and cons.
8 Ways Dodd-Frank Makes the World Safer
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act regulates the practices of Wall Street to prevent another financial crisis. Here's a summary of the Act.
Why Do Countries Peg Their Currency to the...
Countries peg their currency to the dollar by using a fixed exchange rate to keep their currency's value fixed to the dollar.
What the Unemployment Rate Measures and How It...
The national unemployment rate is the number of people looking for a job divided by the number in the labor force. How it's used.
The Real Reason Gold Prices Have Been Cut Since...
When gold prices are high, the economy is in crisis or inflation. When they're low, the economy is healthy. Here's the history, and how to invest..
What Are the Current Federal Reserve Interest...
The current Federal Reserve interest rate is near zero. It will remain there until sometime in 2015.
12 Million Americans Earn \$77,060/Year in...
Manufacturing jobs create new products from raw materials. They pay well, but are disappearing thanks to robotics.
How to Use the S&P 500 to Make Money
The S&P 500 is an index that tracks the 500 most widely held stocks on the NYSE.
The Power of the U.S. Economy
The power and resiliency of the U.S. economy creates both growth and a high standard of living.
What Is GDP Per Capita?
GDP per capita is the economic output (Gross Domestic Product) of a country by person. How it's measured. 10 richest and poorest countries.
Why Do We Need NATO Now More Than Ever?
NATO is an alliance of 28 members that agree to defend its North Atlantic members. It's being called into action thanks to the crisis in Ukraine.
What Is a Current Account Deficit?
A current account deficit is when a country imports more goods, services and capital than it exports. Here's its causes and effects.
Did You Know the United States Has an Actual...
The U.S. debt clock tracks the national debt, which hit $18 trillion on 12/15/14. Find out its history, where it is, and other ways to track debt.
Why the Government Can Run a Budget Deficit and...
A budget deficit occurs whenever a government spends more than it makes, which is nearly every year. Find out why and how it leads to debt.
How Black Tuesday Signaled the Start of the...
Black Tuesday (October 29, 1929) was the worst day of the 1929 stock market crash. Here's the facts, what caused it, and why no one could stop it.
Will the Next Stock Market Crash Cause a...
A stock market crash can cause a recession by indicating a loss of confidence in the economy, and by draining companies' ability to raise cash.
What Is LIBOR and How Does It Affect You?
The LIBOR rate is what banks charge each other for short-term loans. It's determined by ICE from a survey of banks. It hovers near the Fed funds rate.
How the 10-Year Treasury Note Guides All Other...
The U.S. Treasury 10-year note yield is the return on investment. It's so important because it guides other interest rates, like a 15-year mortgage.
Will the U.S. Debt Ever Really Be Paid Off?
Will the debt ever be paid off? Despite what you may think, there's 3 reasons why that probably won't ever happen.
Ways to Reduce the National Debt
The U.S. debt will not go away by pointing fingers and saying you fix it. We need to either raise taxes or cut spending.
How Is the Federal Reserve Monetizing Debt?
How is the Federal Reserve monetizing debt? By buying U.S. Treasuries. Where does it get the money? Like other central banks -- out of thin air.
When the Dollar Was Backed By Gold
A brief history of the gold standard, including when the U.S. went off the gold standard, and why.
Why being unemployed and jobless are two...
Unemployment is people who do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the past four weeks, and are currently available for work.
Is the American Dream Still Alive?
How the financial crisis may have ended the modern American Dream, but allowed us to return to the one envisioned by our Founding Fathers.
7 Things You Should Know About Outsourcing
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.
Why Can't America Just Make Everything It Needs?
Here's a list of countries the United States has the largest trade deficits with that explains why American can't make everything it needs.
The True Costs of the War on Terror
The War on Terror cost nearly $1.7 trillion in supplemental spending alone. Here's the timeline of past and projected spending through 2016.
What Has 7 Governors And 12 Presidents And...
The Federal Reserve System is America's central bank. It prevents inflation and reduces unemployment using monetary policy. Here's how it works.
Could You Survive Hyperinflation?
Hyperinflation is when prices rise more than 50% a month. Here's the causes, some examples, and how to survive.
The 9 Types of Unemployment: Which Is the Worst?
The 3 main types of unemployment are structural, frictional and cyclical. To get 5 types, add seasonal and classical. Here's all 9 types.
What Are the Causes and Effects of a Trade...
The trade deficit is when a country imports more than it exports. Here's causes, effects, U.S. definition, and its role in the balance of payments.

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