Economic Concepts

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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Interest rates are simply the cost of borrowing money. Without them, lenders would have no reason to let you borrow money.

By Dave Roos

How can the government just take over and destroy property and buildings? And why do we let them? It's called eminent domain — and it's in the Constitution.

By Charles W. Bryant & John Donovan

The Five Day Weekend began as a clever marketing campaign to drive tourism. But some people like the idea and want to make it a law.

By Josh Clark

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Who are the homeless? What are the effects of homelessness on society at large? And what can we all do to help? These are a few questions explored in this article.

By Stephanie Watson

America buys goods at a high rate, so it's no wonder the U.S. is considered 'the land of plenty.' Read about the daily U.S. consumption for 12 items, including denim jeans and movie tickets.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Times have changed and so has the price of groceries. Gas was roughly 27 cents a gallon in 1957, so how much less did items cost at the grocery store? Check out this list of grocery store prices for 14 items in 1957, including ground beef, butter, and mil

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Mergers and acquisitions: These two words represent how companies buy, sell and recombine businesses. Not all M&As are peaceful, however. Sometimes, a company can take over another one against its will -- a hostile takeover.

By Ed Grabianowski

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The Fed: It's a very mysterious part of the government. But if you own a house, have a bank account or write checks, the Federal Reserve System affects your life every day.

By Lee Ann Obringer

What goes up must come down: Periodic recessions are a natural part of any nation's economic cycle. Who decides when the economy is in recession, and on what grounds?

By Tom Harris

I've heard a lot in the news lately about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. What is the reserve, and how does the United States use the reserve? How much oil is held there, and how can a lot of oil be stored?

How does the Social Security system (in the U.S.) work? When I pay money into the system, where does my money go and where is my account kept (does some bank have the money in my account)?

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E-commerce has exploded in the last 10 years. Find out how e-commerce works and how you can harness the potential of e-commerce, from affiliate programs to CPC links.

By Marshall Brain