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An ETF for Dollar Bulls: PowerShares UUB

An ETF for Dollar Bulls: PowerShares UUB

It shocked some people that the U.S. dollar has showed so much strength as of late. But if you were using logic and ignoring all the chatter, you would have seen it coming. That said, all that matters now is the future. Currently, many investors and pundits are calling the dollar a crowded trade. But its rise […]

ChartAdvisor for February 13 2015

The U.S. markets moved higher over the past week, as of Thursday’s close, driven by momentum from last week’s bullish jobs report and an improving overall economy. While rising interest rates, lackluster corporate earnings, and slower consumer spending all point to potential roadblocks for growth, many investors believe that these risks have already been priced […]

Drugmakers to be required to post info on shortages

Drugmakers to be required to post info on shortages

Which countries are most productive in terms of GDP?

A:If you are measuring productivity based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the ten most productive countries in the world are, in order, the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Russia and India. Each of these countries has a GDP of two trillion U.S. dollars or more. The countries whose GDPs […]

ChartAdvisor for February 6 2015

The U.S. markets moved higher over the past week, as of Thursday’s close. With the U.S. dollar strengthening and weak growth in Europe and Asia, the United States struggled through the fourth quarter of last year. The good news is that headline employment figures remain positive, which has led to optimism that consumer spending will […]

How does quantitative easing in the U.S. affect global markets?

A:The long-term consequences of quantitative easing, or QE, have yet to be seen, and any short-term impacts are difficult to assess definitively. It is still likely, however, that the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase plan has widely affected global markets. As economies become more integrated across different countries, the implementation of QE can create excess liquidity […]

Why do Keynesian economists focus on the lower boundary of interest rates?

A:Keynesian economics focuses on demand-side solutions to recessionary periods. The intervention of government in economic processes is an important part of the Keynesian arsenal for battling unemployment, underemployment and low economic demand. The emphasis on direct government intervention in the economy places Keynesian theorists at odds with those who argue for limited government involvement in […]

Barack Obama’s budget includes targeted tax increases

Barack Obama’s budget includes targeted tax increases

What to Expect After the Swiss Currency Shock

What to Expect After the Swiss Currency Shock

Will the global economy remain global? Are we about to see the global economy fracture into smaller pieces as it was in the past? The latter possibility might sound outlandish at the moment, but it could become a reality at least to a certain extent. The key is to listen to the messages the markets […]

When does vertical integration reduce transaction costs?

A:As a business technique, vertical integration first emerged in the 19th century. It was a term coined by Andrew Carnegie to describe the structure of his company, U.S. Steel. He had purchased almost every aspect of the supply and distribution chain that his company relied on. The primary reason for this was to ensure consistent […]

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