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Oil at 4-month high on fighting in Yemen

Oil at 4-month high on fighting in Yemen

ChartAdvisor for April 24 2015

ChartAdvisor for April 24 2015

The U.S. markets moved higher over the past week, as of early trading on Friday morning. After a series of lower-than-expected economic readings, Bloomberg’s Economic Surprise Index fell to its lowest levels since the Great Recession, suggesting that forecasters have been too optimistic about 2015. Jobless claims have risen, new home sales have fallen, and […]

Invest in Emerging Market Currencies with this ETF

Invest in Emerging Market Currencies with this ETF

If you would like to invest in emerging market currencies, take a good look at the Wisdom Tree Emerging Currency Strategy Fund (CEW) exchange-traded fund (ETF). That said, “invest” might not be the best word. With a 0.56% expense ratio, holding this ETF long term will eat into your profits. While the expense ratio 0.56% […]

Best ETFs for Inflationary Worries

Best ETFs for Inflationary Worries

We’ve been spoiled since the end of the Great Recession. That’s because inflation—- the silent killer that destroys purchasing power—- has been relatively muted. This is in spite of all the quantitative easing, money printing and stimulus programs that were enacted to jump start the global economy. That fact has many investors not thinking about […]

ChartAdvisor for April 17 2015

ChartAdvisor for April 17 2015

The U.S. markets were mixed over the past week, as of Thursday’s close. While the economy stumbled through the first quarter of the year, most economists believe that the recovery remains in tact and poised to accelerate. The Federal Reserve’s response to the growth will depend largely on the growth rates during the second quarter, […]

What role did junk bonds play in the financial crisis of 2007-08?

What role did junk bonds play in the financial crisis of 2007-08?

A:Junk bonds were the at heart of the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Toxic assets related to the subprime housing market pushed financial institutions to the point of insolvency. However, at the time of purchase, these assets were not considered junk bonds since they were rated AAA by the rating agencies. These bonds originated from the […]

Can The U.S Close Its Trade Deficit?

Can The U.S Close Its Trade Deficit?

After years of quantitative easing and near-zero interest rates, the Federal Reserve has hinted at a normalization policy that will raise U.S. interest rates in the near future. Raising the interest rates indicates the U.S. economy is experiencing increased growth and, in particular, that inflation targets are slowly being met. While low interest rates primarily […]

What Consumer Spending Reveals About The Economy

What Consumer Spending Reveals About The Economy

The way people spend money paints a vivid picture of what is most important to them. Spending patterns can also reveal the nature of a person’s economic and social conditions much more clearly than income alone. In this article, we compare American consumer spending patterns to that of consumer spending in other countries to gain […]

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a command economy?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a command economy?

A:A command economy is one in which a centralized government controls the means of production. The government determines what is produced, how it is produced and how it is distributed. Private enterprise does not exist in a command economy. The government employs all workers and unilaterally determines their wages and job duties. There are advantages […]

The Cheapest Times To Fly To Hawaii

The Cheapest Times To Fly To Hawaii

Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is the island state of Hawaii. It’s easy to understand why Hawaii has come to be known as a paradise. The islands’ spectacular scenery – from sunny beaches and colorful coral reefs, to lush river valleys and steep volcanoes – would impress nearly anyone. […]

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