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By Kimberly Amadeo

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    • National Debt Under Obama Created: Monday, March 04, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      President Obama increased the U.S. debt with the Obama tax cuts, the Economic Stimulus Act and a major increase in defense spending to more than $800 billion a year.
    • Job Creation Created: Sunday, September 16, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      The government can create jobs with monetary policy, tax cuts and spending. Which is best, and how have past Presidents done?
    • Top 10 Economic Predictions for the Next 10 Years Created: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      U.S. economy forecast for the next 10 years for debt, GDP, unemployment, the dollar, oil and gas prices, and the housing market. How it affects you.
    • Is the Economy Getting Better? Created: Thursday, March 20, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      5 reasons the economy is getting better, and 5 reasons it's getting worse.
    • Manufacturing Jobs Created: Saturday, June 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      What are manufacturing jobs? Examples of types of manufacturing jobs. How automation and new processes will change them.
    • What Are Exports? Created: Monday, November 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Definition of exports and how exports impact the U.S. economy.
    • What Is a Currency War? Created: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Currency wars occur when countries battle to lower the value of their currencies to spur exports and economic growth.
    • Balance of Trade Created: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The balance of trade measures how much a country exports versus its imports. Find out why a trade surplus is not always a good thing.
    • What Is Cost-Push Inflation? Created: Monday, March 19, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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 Black Friday? Created: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 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.
    • Value of the U.S. Dollar Created: Monday, March 03, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The value of the U.S. dollar can be measured in three ways - exchange rates, Treasury yields and foreign currency reserves. A
    • Power of the U.S. Dollar Created: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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.
    • How Does the Government Regulate Exchange Rates? Created: Friday, November 17, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      An explanation of how the government regulates exchange rates.
    • Stimulus Checks Created: Friday, July 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 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.
    • Discretionary Fiscal Policy Created: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Discretionary fiscal policy is the portions of Federal government taxes and spending that can be changed from year to year.
    • Obama State of the Union 2014 Address Created: Friday, January 03, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The 2014 State of the Union Address was given January 28, 2014. In it, President Obama outlined his priorities for the year. Here's what he covered, and its economic impact.
    • Sequestration Created: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sequestration cut FY 2013 spending by $85.5 billion, and $109.3 billion in in each year from FY 2014 -FY 2012. It cuts spending in Mandatory programs, like Medicare, as well as Defense.
    • Japan's Economy Created: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Before the 2011 earthquake, Japan's economy was emerging from deflation and recession. Find out how what caused Japan's recession, and how Japan's economy affects the U.S. economy."
    • Imports Created: Monday, November 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Imports are goods and services that are produced in a foreign country and bought by a country's residents, businesses or government. It doesn't matter where the transaction takes place. Find out how imports impact the U.S. economy.
    • What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Created: Thursday, December 12, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) removes export barriers between the U.S. and 11 countries that border the Pacific Ocean. Find out the pros/cons.
    • Leading Economic Indicators Created: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Leading economic indicators predict future shifts. The five most important indicators are the durable goods report, manufacturing jobs, interest rates, building permits and stock prices. The Index ...
    • What Was the Long-Term Capital Management Hedge Fund and the LTCM Crisis? Created: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The Long Term Capital Management hedge fund was a highly respected investment company that used derivatives to earn high returns, until it collapsed. The LTCM crisis could have spread globally with...
    • Unfunded Mandate Created: Sunday, January 14, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A definition of unfunded mandates and how they are declining throught UMRA.
    • Gas Prices in 2008 Created: Monday, May 27, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      In 2008, gas prices reached an all-time high of $4.17 in July before plummeting to $1.87 in December. This was caused by oil futures traders responding to unprecedented uncertainty during the finan...
    • U.S. Imports and Exports Components Created: Monday, November 22, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Two of the largest components of U.S. imports are oil and consumer goods, which are also its biggest exports.
    • What Are Emerging Markets? Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Emerging markets have low incomes, which make them prospects for high growth. However, they are also highly volatile, making them risky for investors.
    • Happy Valentine's Day? Retailers Not Feeling the Love Created: Thursday, February 11, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Valentine's Day retail sales are $17.3 billion, less than the past 2 years. Only 54% of Americans celebrated, less than the 60% who did last year.
    • Fiscal Year Created: Thursday, February 08, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      A Fiscal Year can start in any quarter. The Federal Fiscal Year starts on October 1. Find out why, and review budgets from FY 2006 to the most current.
    • Core Inflation Rate Created: Friday, December 14, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      The core inflation rate reports price changes without volatile food and energy prices. It's measured by the core PCE price index and the core CPI.
    • When Will the Dollar Collapse? Created: Monday, April 07, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Is the U.S. dollar in danger of an imminent collapse? Find out what would cause it, what would happen next, and the best way to protect your finances.
    • FY 2012 U.S. Federal Government Budget Created: Thursday, February 16, 2012 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      The FY 2012 budget was disrupted by the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, and the Budget Control Act of 2011. It passed in December 2011. Find out what spent.
    • Disadvantages of NAFTA Created: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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.

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