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Kimberly Amadeo

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By Kimberly Amadeo

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • What Is a Mixed Economy? Created: Sunday, August 26, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A mixed economy seeks to combine the advantages of market, command and traditional economies.
    • Command Economy Created: Saturday, August 25, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A command economy subjugates individual self-interest to a greater societal or economic goals. They are great at mobilizing economic growth quickly, but often produce too much of one thing and not enough of another.
    • Market Economy Created: Thursday, August 16, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A market economy allows production to be guided by supply and demand. 6 characteristics of a market economy, and pros/cons.
    • Impact of Japan's Earthquake Created: Sunday, March 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How the 2011 earthquake in Japan affects the global economy.
    • What Is Being Done to Control Inflation? Created: Friday, October 06, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Who Owns the U.S. National Debt? Created: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Who owns most of the U.S. national debt? Surprise... it's not China, it's the U.S. government. That means it's the American taxpayer, which is you!
    • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Created: Sunday, February 26, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Foreign direct investment, or FDI, is when businesses from one country invest in businesses in a foreign country. How it works, and the pros and cons.
    • The Federal Funds Rate and How It Works Created: Thursday, October 05, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Federal funds rate is the target interest rate banks charge each other to borrow funds overnight to maintain the Federal reserve requirement. The Fed funds rate is critical because it dictates the availability of capital in the economy. That's how the Federal Reserve uses the Fed funds rate is to manage the U.S. economy, especially inflation.
    • What Is GDP? Created: Sunday, October 08, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, is the most important economic indicator. It measures a country's output, growth rate, and standard of living.
    • U.S. Debt by President Created: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How much each President actually contributed to the $17 trillion U.S. debt all the way back to President Woodrow Wilson.
    • Stimulus Checks Created: Friday, July 24, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Obama Economic Stimulus Plan sent out $13 billion in stimulus checks in 2009, part of $65 billion in tax relief for individuals and small businesses.
    • Stock Market Crash of 1929 Created: Saturday, August 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Stock Market Correction Created: Friday, November 24, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The difference between a stock market correction and a stock market crash.
    • What Is Obamacare? Created: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What is Obamacare? It requires you to have health insurance or pay a tax. Find out the facts you need to know now about its costs, taxes and pros/cons.
    • Cultural Diversity Created: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The definition of cultural diversity, and why it matters in the workplace. How diversity, if managed correctly, can increase profits.
    • Value of the U.S. Dollar Created: Monday, March 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The value of the U.S. dollar can be measured in three ways - exchange rates, Treasury yields and foreign currency reserves. A
    • Business Cycle Created: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Definition of a business cycle, including the four stages. The economic indicators to watch. What GDP growth rate you should expect in each phase.
    • How Are Oil Prices Determined? Created: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Oil prices are determined by open trading on the commodities market, so traders perception of future trends in supply and demand are most important.
    • What's the Forecast for Oil Prices? Created: Monday, October 29, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Oil price forecasts from the EIA and the OECD for 2014 through 2020.
    • Why Are Gas Prices So High? Created: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      High gas prices are caused by gas and oil futures investments, not by supply and demand. Find out why gas prices are going up again! Explanation of high gas prices from 2008 through the present.
    • How Can You Predict Tomorrow's Gas Prices Today? Created: Saturday, January 05, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      You can predict tomorrow's gas prices by looking at gasoline futures contracts, today's oil prices and oil futures contracts. There are also seven predictable trends that affect gas prices.
    • Obamacare Pros and Cons Created: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Obamacare has many pros and cons because it affects everyone differently. Find out what both sides say so you can make up your own mind.
    • Reserve Requirement Created: Saturday, August 18, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Federal Reserve requires that banks reserve a certain ratio of cash to deposits on hand each night.
    • Current Federal Reserve Interest Rates Created: Saturday, September 22, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Fed lowered the current Federal Reserve interest rate to near zero on December 16 2008, and signals it intends to keep it there until 2015.
    • Federal Reserve Tools and How They Work Created: Saturday, November 04, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Federal Reserve uses tools to prevent inflation and shorten recessions. In addition, the Fed created many new tools to deal with the Great Recession.
    • U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission Created: Friday, January 12, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A profile of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and how the SEC regulates the stock market and affects the U.S. economy.
    • Current Inflation Rate Created: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The inflation rate was .2% in February, and 1.5% for the last 12 months. The core inflation rate was 1.7% for the last 12 months.
    • Liquidity Created: Thursday, February 01, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Liquidity has two definitions. In the economy, liquidity means how much money there is to spend and invest. In business, liquidity is defined as how easily an asset can be converted to cash.
    • What Are U.S. Retail Sales? Created: Saturday, March 26, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      In February 2014, U.S. retail sales rose .3% from January. Retail sales track a portion of personal consumption, which comprises 70% of the U.S. economy.
    • What Was Obama's Stimulus Package? Created: Thursday, November 06, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      What was in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package, and how well did it succeed?
    • Current US Discretionary Federal Budget and Spending Created: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      A summary of the current Federal Budget's discretionary spending programs, including Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, State Department, Health and Human Services and NASA.
    • President George Bush Tax Cuts Created: Thursday, August 19, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The Bush tax cuts occurred in 2001 and 2003. Find out how the tax cuts stimulated the economy and increased the U.S. debt.

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