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Economic concepts are widely used but not always defined clearly. Read up on the nature of capitalism, learn how much power the Fed really has and more.

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What is the lipstick indicator?

When you want sound financial advice, you probably don't think to consult the woman selling $30 tubes of lipstick at the cosmetics counter. But could she have a better handle on the whims of the economy than your CPA does?


How the Misery Index Works

 How the Misery Index Works

Is adding up the inflation and unemployment rates the most effective way to judge our misery? Learn all about the Misery Index at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Crowdfunding Works

 How Crowdfunding Works

Crowdfunding sounds like an easy way to raise funds for a project or product. Find out what crowdfunding is really about at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Unexpected Connections: 10 Oddest Economic Indicators

 Unexpected Connections: 10 Oddest Economic Indicators

Strange as it seems men's underwear and Champagne can tell you a lot about the economy. Learn about 10 odd indicators at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Debt Ceiling Works

 How the Debt Ceiling Works

What is the debt ceiling, and why has it become so controversial now? Find out how the debt ceiling works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Inflation Works

 How Inflation Works

Do you know how inflation works? Find out how inflation works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What's the difference between the U.S. deficit and the national debt?

 What's the difference between the U.S. deficit and the national debt?

What's the difference between the U.S. deficit and the national debt? Learn the difference between the deficit and the national debt at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Top 10 Countries in the Red

 Top 10 Countries in the Red

Countries around the world are in debt. Learn about the global recession and its effect on these 10 countries in the red. See more »

Seeing Red: Which countries owe the most?

 Seeing Red: Which countries owe the most?

Test your knowledge of the global recession with this quiz from HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Boom Towns that Went Bust

 10 Boom Towns that Went Bust

Some towns boom but eventually bust economically. Learn about 10 boom towns that went bust at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Gentrification Works

 How Gentrification Works

Gentrification occurs when the wealthy begin building in formerly gritty neighborhoods. Explore the process and effects of gentrification. See more »