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Kimberly Amadeo

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kimberly Amadeo

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Congress Agreed on a Budget This Week and 70% Is for Defense Created: Friday, January 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Congress' Conference committee agreed on the 2104 budget and 70% was for defense. Paying defense contractors seems to be the only thing they agree upon.
    • What Is Retailing? Created: Friday, March 25, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Retailing is how producers of goods and services get their products to consumers.
    • Real GDP Created: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Real GDP is the economic output of a country with the effects of inflation taken out while nominal GDP leaves it in. Here's how to calculate real GDP.
    • Consumer Spending Created: Sunday, December 27, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Consumer spending drives nearly 70% of the U.S. economy. But what do these statistics mean? What are the current consumer trends and habits?
    • Why the Rich Just Need to Buy More Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      What will it take to get the economy moving again and create more jobs? It's simple, really --  the rich should invest less and buy more.  
    • What Are the Trends for Halloween Retail Spending? Created: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Halloween sales have been rising since the recession, since it's an affordable holiday.However, there's a slight downtick in 2013.
    • What Is Black Friday? Created: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Black Friday is the most important shopping day of the year, kicking off the critical holiday retail season. Sales were down 2.7% from last year.
    • What Is Demand? Created: Thursday, October 12, 2006 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Demand measures the amount of goods and services that will be bought by consumers, government and businesses.
    • Ammo Shortage Is a Lesson in Supply and Demand Created: Friday, March 22, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Have you tried to buy a gun or ammo lately? The proposed gun control legislation has prompted an old-fashioned bank run, only this time it's at the gun stores.
    • What Is the GDP Growth Rate? Created: Friday, October 27, 2006 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      The GDP growth rate tells you how fast a county's economy is growing. It compares real GDP from one quarter to the next.
    • Durable Goods Orders Report Created: Friday, April 27, 2007 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      In June, durable goods orders rose .7%. This leading indicator measures demand for military equipment, commercial airplanes and business machinery.
    • Consumer Confidence Index Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Consumer Confidence Index definition and how it affects the U.S. economy.
    • New Home Sales Created: Sunday, October 15, 2006 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Definition: The new home sale is when the buyer signs an agreement to buy a house from the builder. It's the first indicator of future housing trends.
    • Manufacturing Jobs Created: Saturday, June 13, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Manufacturing jobs create new products from raw materials. They pay well, but are disappearing thanks to robotics.
    • Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index Created: Thursday, April 19, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      The Personal Consumption Price Index (PCE Index) measures the price changes of what U.S. households buy each month.
    • 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.

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