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Europe Remains Steady During Global Showdown

Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:11:00 PM America/Denver

Currently, many analysts are worried about the prospect of a global slowdown that could send the global economy back into a recession. However, each part of the world has been experiencing this slowdown a little differently. Truthfully, most of this worry comes down to China and the United States, who we have started to see the effects take hold of. In the meantime, the other most influential purchasing power on the planet has continued on a track of slow, but steady, growth that has been the trademark fashion of their union and their leader. We are, of course, talking about the European Union and Germany...

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Negative Interest Rates Explained

Sunday, March 13, 2016 12:01:11 PM America/Denver

The federal interest rate is a tool that the Federal Reserve can use, in order to stimulate lending and investing to speed up the economy. This has often been a tool that is utilized to fight things like GDP contractions and recessions. The issue, however, is that zero is often regarded as the lowest threshold for the interest rate. However, if the interest rate is already set low, then what does the Federal Reserve do to counteract any other possible slowdowns. This exact situation is what has led discussions of negative interest rates back into the national conversation. What exactly are negative interest rates, though? And are they really, realistic? Find out more...

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Fastest Growing Countries: Congo

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:53:56 AM America/Denver

Fastest Growing Countries is a series devoted to examining several countries with rapidly expanding economies today, or that at least have the potential to do so. By examining the historical rise of these countries and how it is happening, we can hope to better understand the variety of ways that we might be able to enliven the economies of where we live, and work towards a more sustainable and profitable future for everyone.

As we took a look at, last week, the country of Ethiopia has become the fastest growing country in the world, setting pace for what will hopefully be a liberalization and democratization of other countries in that particular region of Africa. However, Ethiopia is certainly not the only country in the region that has experienced such potent levels of growth. Another up and coming nation is the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been set on a similar path to the one that Ethiopia laid the ground for. Despite struggling with internal conflict for several decades, the Congo is finally starting to experience the growth that they have the potential for...

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Fastest Growing Countries: Ethiopia

Saturday, March 5, 2016 11:44:06 AM America/Denver

Fastest Growing Countries is a series devoted to examining several countries with rapidly expanding economies today, or that at least have the potential to do so. By examining the historical rise of these countries and how it is happening, we can hope to better understand the variety of ways that we might be able to enliven the economies of where we live, and work towards a more sustainable and profitable future for everyone.

If you wanted to know what the fastest growing country in the entire planet is, you might be surprised to find out it isn’t the manufacturing giant that is China, nor is any country in Europe or the Americas. Actually, the country that is experiencing the largest economic boom right now is Ethiopia, the second largest country in Africa. Here is some information about how Ethiopia has been on the climb over the past several years...

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Fastest Growing Countries: China

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 11:52:06 AM America/Denver

Fastest Growing Countries is a series devoted to examining several countries with rapidly expanding economies today, or that at least have the potential to do so. By examining the historical rise of these countries and how it is happening, we can hope to better understand the variety of ways that we might be able to enliven the economies of where we live, and work towards a more sustainable and profitable future for everyone.

China is a country that underwent more radical changes in the 20th century than perhaps any other country. Inevitably, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the massive expansions that a communist country had been able to make led China to becoming the number one economic adversary of the United States. Today, it is one of three powers in the world that has a GDP above $10 trillion What was it that caused this explosion of growth in a country that used to be largely composed of farmers and peasant in rural areas? Let’s take a look at the newest country in our series...

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Game Theory and Economic Controllers

Monday, February 29, 2016 3:12:53 PM America/Denver

One of the hardest challenges in the field of economics is predicting what exactly people will do when faced with certain economic situations. There have been many different models to attempt to do this, but most of them have been somewhat inadequate. So far, the best method of doing this, and the one that is most continuously used today, is a principle that is called ‘game theory’. Game theory is the study of equations that make up the logical decision making process in people (as well as animals and machines). Today, scientists have been able to apply game theory to microeconomics, macroeconomics, biology, animal behavior, robotics, and even games like chess and poker. Here is some information on game theory and the study of economic controllers...

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Currency vs Bartering

Thursday, February 25, 2016 2:12:00 PM America/Denver

The complexities of the modern money system might seem overly complicated to many. However, the ironic thing about our situation is that the system we have is, perhaps, the most simple we have. The most basic purpose of an economy is to function as a system for which we are able to exchange goods and services. Due to the direct way that it speaks to this function, there are people, even in today’s highly educated world, that believe that a bartering system could utilize as a more efficient way to do this. However, this is a highly simplistic notion, while perhaps a bit romantic. Here are some of the comparisons between using a currency system, versus a bartering one...

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Is Inflation Bad?

Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:46:23 AM America/Denver

There are all sorts of economic bogeymen that we hear about in the media. Typically, these can change depending on the weather or the decade. However, there is consistently one phrase that we hear used in dangerous ways. That phrase, of course, is inflation. Inflation is what happens when the value of a currency decreases, usually due to a rise in the money supply. However, despite all of people’s fears about what inflation can do to the economy, is it really the danger that people assume it is? Here's a rundown on why and why not...

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Stockholm School, the Other Keynsianism

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:54:55 AM America/Denver

The most famous name in economics over the past century, without a doubt, is John Maynard Keynes, the founder of modern macroeconomics and the mind from which Western civilization was built during and after World War 2. However, he was not the only person to come to the conclusion that he did in his tims. ime. In the depths of a Swedish university in Stockholm (the Stockholm School of Economics, to be exact), a handful of Scandinavian economists came to a very similar conclusion as Keynes: that supply and demand could be stimulated by public spending, thus lifting the entire economy up at the same time. Here’s some more information about this fascinating school of thought...

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Public Choice Theory

Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:36:08 AM America/Denver

We are currently in the throes of another crazy election year, and that means we are going to hear a lot of tug-o-war arguments about the place of government in people’s lives. Most of the arguments we hear in an election will be disingenuous, as is the nature of a heated primary season. However, this also makes it a very relevant time to discuss certain economic theories about how the government, the public, and the private sector interact. Today, we’re going to look at the philosophy of public choice theory, or the study of voting, government leaders, and actual economic legislation, and how it’s relevance is still felt today...

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