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Kimberly Amadeo

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kimberly Amadeo

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How Jobs Outsourcing Affects the U.S. Economy Created: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      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.
    • Current Inflation Rate Created: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      The inflation rate was .3% in June. The core inflation rate was 1.9% year-over-year, just under the Fed's target.
    • Consumer Spending Trends Created: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Consumer spending drives 70% of the U.S. economy. What are the current consumer spending trends and habits?
    • Holiday Shopping Was Not Merry Created: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The holiday shopping numbers are finally in, and they're a little disappointing once you look behind the headlines. Retail sales, excluding automobiles, were up
    • Income Inequality in America Created: Thursday, August 21, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      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?
    • What Is the Capital Gains Tax? Created: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The capital gains tax is the same as your income for short-term gains, and 15 - 20% for long-term gains. How this difference affects the economy and you.
    • Capital Goods Created: Monday, January 08, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Capital goods are the machinery, equipment and buildings used by businesses to create supply. Find examples and how it differs from consumer goods.
    • Average Income Levels in U.S. Created: Monday, August 25, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The average U.S. income is worse today than in 2000.Levels are falling because the government has focused on debt reduction instead of job creation.
    • Labor Force Participation Rate Formula Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The labor force participation rate formula is the labor force divided by the civilian non-institutionalized population. Find out how these are defined.
    • What Is Financial Capital? Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Financial capital is the funding that creates more supply in the economy.
    • What Is the Capital Account? Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The capital account measures things like patent rights, and is a critical part of a country's balance of payments. Here's the components.
    • When Will the Bond Market Collapse? Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A bond market collapse has been predicted by Peter Schiff and others as the Fed tapers Quantitative Easing. Will it really happen?
    • With Oil Prices at 1970s Levels - Where Are the Gas Lines? Created: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Why don't high gas prices create lines at the gas station like they did in the 1970s?
    • What If the Government Fixed the Price of Gas? Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      If the government fixed the price of gas, what would happen? It would cause a big mess. Here's why.
    • Why Are Gas Prices So High? Created: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      High gas prices are caused by futures investments, not supply and demand. Find out why prices are high, and why they rose from 2008 to the present.
    • How to Pick Good Mutual Funds Created: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      11 tips on how to find good mutual funds in which to invest.
    • How the Aging Labor Force Affects the US Economy Created: Sunday, December 31, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      As Baby Boomers age, so will the labor force. Many can't afford to retire, thanks to the financial crisis. What this means for the U.S. economy.
    • Outperform the Market Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Outperform the market is when your investments do better than the market overall. Here's how to do it.
    • Trading Sideways Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      What does it mean when the stock market is trading sideways? What should you do?
    • What Are Small Cap Stocks? Created: Friday, December 01, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Small cap stocks are are shares of companies with a market capitalization of less than $2 billion. Buy when the business cycle is expanding.
    • Asset Allocation Created: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Asset allocation is how much you've invested in stocks, bonds, real estate and other assets. It's based on your goals, time frame and risk tolerance.
    • What Is Monetary Policy? Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Monetary policy manages inflation and unemployment by controlling interest rates and the supply of money and credit. It is directed by a nation's central bank.
    • Joint Economic Committee Created: Saturday, January 20, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      The Joint Economic Committee advises Congress on economic issues. It serves both the House of Representatives and the Senate by holding hearings on important topics.
    • U.S. Department of Commerce Created: Saturday, October 14, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The Department of Commerce helps to set both domestic and international trade policy.
    • What Is Profit and How Does It Work? Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Profit is when revenue is greater than costs. Businesses try to maximize profit, also known as the profit motive. It also drives the stock market.
    • Dow Jones Closing History Created: Monday, March 09, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      The Dow historical closing high is 17,138.20 set July 16, 2014. Quickly find the DJIA highs and lows during every business cycle since the Depression.
    • Consumer Debt Statistics Created: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Consumer debt rose 10.2% in April, to $3.175 trillion. Of that, $2.3 trillion are loans (mostly student and auto), while $870 billion is credit cards.
    • What Are U.S. Retail Sales? Created: Saturday, March 26, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Retail sales rose just.3% in May, thanks to declining department store and clothing store sales. This means Q2 growth could remain sluggish.
    • Stock Market Crash of 2008 Created: Friday, June 08, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      The stock market crash of 2008 included the Dow's worst point drop ever on September 20. Understand why it crashed by following the timeline of events.
    • Profit Margin Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Profit margins are a ratio that explains how well a company uses its revenue to create profit. There are 3 types: Gross, Operating and Net.
    • Consumer Price Index (CPI Index) Created: Friday, December 01, 2006 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      The Consumer Price Index (CPI Index) measures inflation each month. Here's how it's calculated and the importance of the Core CPI.
    • U.S. GDP Current Statistics Created: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      The economy contracted by a whopping 2.9%, the biggest pull-back in five years. If we get another drop like this, we are in a recession.

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