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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.
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.
Oil Prices Fall to 13-Year Low. What's Next?
Oil prices will rebound in 2016. Why prices plummeted in 2015. Forecasts from the EIA and the OECD for 2016 through 2040.
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.
12 Countries Agreed to the World's Biggest...
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.
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.
The Real Owner of the U.S. Debt Will Surprise You
The U.S. national debt is owned by Social Security, the Fed, and foreign investors. Here are the major owners.
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 Will the Economy Do in 2016?
The U.S. economic outlook is expansion for 2016 and beyond. Here's the latest forecasts for GDP growth, job creation and oil production.
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?
Dow Falls Nearly 2,000 Points Before Recovering
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are You Eligible for Federal Benefits?
The 2016 Federal poverty level is the guideline that determines who can receive assistance. It's used for Medicaid, food stamps, and Obamacare.
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.
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.
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.
What Command Economies Are Really Good At
A command economy is planned by a government to attain its societal goals. Here are 5 characteristics, pros, cons, and examples of countries.
Exactly How Much U.S. Debt Does China Own? And...
The U.S. debt to China is $1.27 trillion. Here's why America owes so much to China, what happens if China calls in its loans, and why it won't.
Oil Prices Impact Everything You Buy
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.
Unemployment Rate Remains at 5.0% in December
The unemployment rate for December 2015 remained at 5.0%. Here's the monthly unemployment rate statistics since April 2007.
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.
Is Hillary Trustworthy? Compare Her 2016 Plans...
Hillary Clinton's 2016 economic platform and how it would affect the U.S. economy. Summaries of prior economic policies. Brief bio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Reasons Why America Is in Debt
The US debt is more than $19 trillion, the largest in the world. Here are the 3 reasons it grew so large, and how it damages U.S. economic growth.
4 Critical Drivers of America's Economy
The 4 components of GDP are personal consumption, business spending, government spending, and net exports. Explanation, statistics, formula, chart.
How China and Other Communist Economies Work So...
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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.
Why Capitalism Works in America Today
Capitalism is an economic theory where production is privately owned and distributed by the laws of supply and demand. Here's pros, cons and examples.
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.
7 Ways You Can Predict Tomorrow's Gas Prices...
You can predict tomorrow's gas prices by looking at gas futures contracts, today's oil prices and oil futures contracts. Here's 7 other ways.
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.
Pros and Cons of International Trade
International trade is the exchange of goods and services between countries. Here's its importance to the U.S. economy, and its pros and cons.
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. Here are comparisons through the decades and what drove the dollar lower.
5 Factors That Predict How Much Obamacare Will...
Your Obamacare costs depend on 5 factors: income, family size, age, location and type of plan. Here's what you must know before buying insurance.
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..
What Real GDP per Capita Reveals About Your...
Real GDP per capita is a country's economic output for each person adjusting for inflation. Formula, how to calculate, annual data since 1946.
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.
Only Central Banks Legally Create Money Out of...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
6 Negative Effects of NAFTA
NAFTA has 6 disadvantages, including loss of U.S. jobs and exploitation of Mexican workers. Here's all six NAFTA problems.
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.
3 Drivers of Oil Prices
Oil prices are determined by commodities market trading. The 3 factors that impact them are supply, demand, and reserves.
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 the Ideal GDP Growth Rate?
The ideal GDP growth rate is one that enables the economy to grow at a healthy rate. It sustainably avoids both inflation and recession.
Read Up on the History of US Recessions
The history of U.S. recessions since the Great Depression. Their causes, length, GDP (original and most recent), and unemployment.
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.
How Reaganomics Cut Taxes, Increased Defense,...
Reaganomics promised to slash government spending and taxes to end stagflation and the 1980 recession. It worked, but at a cost.
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.
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.
Obamacare: Simple Enough to Explain to Your Kids
Obamacare explained in a way that's simple enough for even your kids. What you need to know to get the right plan for you and avoid the penalty.
We Need NATO Now More Than Ever
NATO is an alliance of 28 members that agree to defend its North Atlantic members. News, purpose, members, history, relationship with Russia.
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.
How Much Does China Really Affect the U.S....
China's economy is the world's largest, thanks to being the #1 exporter. Here's causes, concerns, and impact on the United States.
Where Are We in the Current Business Cycle?
Where are we in the current business cycle? We are still in an extended expansion phase. How to protect your investments.
Will You Have to Pay Obamacare Taxes This Year?
Obamacare taxes individuals and businesses to pay for subsidies. Here are the taxes, who is impacted, and when they take effect,
The Surprising Similarities Between Presidents...
Find out the similarities and differences between the economic policies of President Obama and President Bush.
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 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.
Federal Poverty Threshold
The federal poverty threshold is used to count the number of poor in America. There are currently 14.5% people living in poverty.
4 Causes of Unemployment
Unemployment is caused when someone is laid off, fired or quits -- and is still looking for a job.
NAFTA Definitions: How It Works, Why It's...
NAFTA is the trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. How it works, why its important, pros and cons, history.
What Has Obama Done? 11 Major Accomplishments
What has Obama done? His top 11 accomplishments and how they affected the U.S. economy.
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.
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.
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.
How Would You Spend \$787 Billion?
What was in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package, and how well did it succeed?
What Caused the Depression, and Why It Won't...
An depression is several years of economic contraction. Here's the causes, how it was averted in 2008, and why it won't happen again.
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.
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.
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.
8 Ways Dodd-Frank Made Your 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.
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.
What Makes Oil Prices So High?
Oil prices in 2015 rebounded slightly from a 40% drop in 2014. Here are recent causes of high oil prices.
7 Pros and 7 Cons of Trade Agreements
Free trade agreements are hotly disputed. Here's the pros, cons and solutions.
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.
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.
Fed Keeps Rate at 0.5%
The FOMC meets 8 times a year. It kept the Fed funds rate at 0.5% at its January 27 meeting. Here's what it means and what else happened.
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.
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 Government Lie About Unemployment?
The real unemployment rate includes discouraged and part-time workers. It's 9.8%, nearly double the official rate. Is the government lying?
4 Reasons Why Monopolies Are Bad, and 1 Time...
A monopoly is the sole provider of a good or service. Here's 4 ways they prevent free trade, 1 reason they're needed, and their history in the U.S.
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.
10 Booms and Busts Since 1980
The boom and bust cycle is the economic expansion and contraction in the business cycle. Here's causes and recent history.
What Is the Public Debt?
The public debt is how much a government owes to creditors outside of itself. Here's pros and cons, how it's measured, and when it's too high.
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.
Secrets of the 3 Dow Indices
The Dow Jones Averages include the Industrial Average (DJIA), the Transportation Average and the Utility Average. Here's what they tell you.
What Is Wrong With Obamacare?
What is wrong with Obamacare? Here's 11 problems the ACA has created, most of them unanticipated.
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.
Pros and Cons of Socialism
Socialism is an economic theory where the factors of production are owned and allocated by the workers. Here's pros, cons and examples.
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.
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 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.
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 Is Too Big to Fail?
Too big to fail describes companies that are so large, their bankruptcy could threaten the overall economy.
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.
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.
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..
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.
The Real Reason Business Orders Fell 5.1% in...
The durable goods order report measures the demand for business equipment, including commercial jets. Here's why orders fell 5.1% in December.
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.
How Low Interest Rates Create More Money for You
Expansionary monetary policy is when a central bank increases the money supply to stimulate the economy. Here's its effects, with examples.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Foreign Direct...
Foreign direct investment, or FDI, is when businesses from one country invest in businesses in another one. Importance​, pros, and cons.
How to Make Obamacare Work for You
Obamacare works for you by making sure you can get insurance. Beyond that, it depends on your particular circumstance. Find out how it works for 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.
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.
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 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.
U.S. GDP per Capita Is \$54,800
GDP per capita is the economic output (Gross Domestic Product) of a country by person. How it's measured. 10 richest and poorest countries.
How the Rate Banks Charge Each Other Warns of...
The LIBOR rate historically follows the Fed funds rate. It April 2008, its divergence warned of the impending financial crisis.
How President Reagan Ended the 1980s Recession
A summary of President Ronald Reagan's economic policies, Reaganomics, supply-side economics and the recession of 1981.
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.
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.
Not Everyone Who Is Jobless Is Unemployed
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.
Euro Stands Up to Paris Terrorism Attacks
The euro to dollar conversion is how many dollars a euro will buy. Here's why it fell to a 12-year low, and how that compares to prior years.
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
When Unemployment Is Good
Frictional unemployment is when workers voluntarily become unemployed while searching for a better job or moving for unrelated reasons.
Why You Foot Uncle Sam's Entire Bill, Despite...
Here's how much the federal government has collected in taxes each year since 1960, and the total between 1789 and 1959. Where these taxes come from.
Why Treasury Yields Fall When Demand Rises
U.S. Treasury yields are determined by demand for the bonds themselves. As the bond prices rise, the yield falls. Here's why, and an outlook.
What Did the Bank Bailout Bill Really Do?
What exactly was in the 2008 bank bailout bill, how much was actually spent, and how well it addressed the financial crisis.
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.
Compare Today's Unemployment with the Past
The unemployment rate by year shows how it varies with the business cycle. Here's which government strategies work and which don't.
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 real reason the stock market crashed on...
Black Thursday in 1929 was the first day of the stock market crash that started the Great Depression. Here's facts about its causes and effects.
Obamacare in a Nutshell: Here's How it Affects...
An easy-to-understand summary of Obamacare and how it affects your particular circumstance.
How Treasury Bills, Notes and Bonds Work
Treasury bills, bonds and notes are fixed-income securities issued by the U.S. government. How they work, how to buy them, and their impact.
Compare the 2016 Presidential Candidates on the...
Compare the 2016 Presidential candidates' economic platforms. Find out if they would work and what all the terms mean.
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?
How Taxes to Protect America's Jobs Make This...
Tariffs are taxes or duties levied on imports, usually to protect domestic industries and jobs. Instead, they often do the opposite. Here's examples.
What Has 7 Governors, 12 Presidents, and...
The Federal Reserve System is America's central bank. It uses monetary policy to prevents inflation and reduce unemployment. How it works.
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.
What Is Being Done to Control Inflation?
What is the Federal Reserve doing to control inflation? Find out the tools the Fed uses to manage inflation and even the expectation of inflation.
When Stock Prices Fall: Correction or Crash?
A stock market correction is when prices fall 10% from the all-time high. The difference between a correction, crash and a bear market.
Today's Fed Funds Rate Is Between 0.25% - 0.5%
The current Federal Reserve interest rate is 0.25% to 0.5%. The FOMC raised it December 16, 2015. It expects to gradually raise it more in 2016.
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.
Make Financial Markets Work for You
An introduction to the financial markets, including stocks, bonds, commodities, forex, derivatives and their exchanges.
Demand, Not Money, Makes the World Go Round
Demand in economics is the quantity of goods and services bought at various prices during a period of time. Explanation of law, determinants, curve.
Does Boosting Supply Create Economic Growth?
Supply-side economics is a theory that recommends lower taxes and deregulation to increase supply of capital, jobs, labor and goods/services.
The 5 Causes of Cost-push Inflation
Cost-push inflation causes rising prices by driving up the costs of supply. It doesn't occur very often, but when it does, it's devastating.
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's near the Fed funds rate.
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.

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