The Stock Market and the Business Cycle: Their Correlative Relationship

Many people think that investing in stocks is a surefire way to get rich and hit the jackpot.  The reality couldn’t be further from the truth.  See, the truth is that to get average returns that beat inflation, all you need to do is put it in an index fund.  Index funds will match the [...]

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List of Economic Indicators to Guide Your Investment Decisions

Economic indicators are useful in telling us whether the economy is doing well or not.  They indicate whether an economy is heading in or out of a recession, or if the economy is experiencing a boom.  There are a lot of economic indicators and sometimes they may contradict one another.  Thus, it is important to look at [...]

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Real Interest vs. Nominal Interest: What’s the Difference?

Start talking about money and interest rates come into the equation.  Get a mortgage, buy a house, or get an auto loan—you will hear about interest rates.  But what you may not know is that the interest rate referenced most of the time is the nominal interest rate, and not the real interest rate.  So [...]

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Why Do Recessions Happen?

We hear the word recession all the time?  But what is it and why do recessions happen?  The impact of an economic recession is utterly wide-ranging. Depending on its nature and extent, a recession’s effects can be huge or minimal, direct or indirect. In any case, a recession is something that everyone should care to know [...]

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Real Income vs. Nominal Income: What’s the Difference?

You may not realize but even with increasing wages, you may still feel like you are unable to get by with your day-to-day expenses. This means that your real income may be on a downhill rather than uphill. Your purchasing power is diminished even when you are holding a greater amount of currency because of [...]

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