Economics

Curious about capitalism, the monetary system or white collar crime? Check out these articles. The Economics Channel defines and explores economic terms and controversies.


Notations for copyrights and patents can be found on every single product you buy at the store. In this article, you can find out what copyrights and patents are, and how they differ from each other.

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?

While compensation for the U.S. president is very generous when compared with the average American's salary, these men likely didn't get elected to office with the goal of getting rich. So how much does he get paid?

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)?

Why doesn't washing paper money cause it to disintegrate? Learn how paper bills are made to withstand excessive use (or misuse!).

Counterfeit detector pens use special chemicals to spot a fake. How do they do it?

How much would all the money in the world weigh and how much would it be worth? Find out what "all the money in the world" really means.

The mint began producing state quarters in 1999. Learn about the schedule of state quarter minting.

Ever wondered why the stock exchange is valued at 15 trillion dollars, while the amount of money in the U.S. is only 6 trillion? Learn why the stock exchange can be valued higher than a nation's total financial value.

Have you ever wondered how a dollar bill changer converts your bills to change? Learn how a dollar bill changer works.

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.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is built on an alliance between 29 North American and European countries. But it's much more than that.

Philanthropy has a whole new meaning in modern times. There are huge organizations dedicated to charity; there are gifts that are tax-deductible; there's a lot of fraud. Learn all about philanthropy.

Is that stock that's been lingering price-wise in the basement a good deal or just likely to down even lower? Can you tell whether a stock's price is going to go up or down without being psychic?