101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics: From Securities and Derivatives to Interest Rates and Hedge Funds, the Basics of Economics and What They Mean for You

101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics: From Securities and Derivatives to Interest Rates and Hedge Funds, the Basics of Economics and What They Mean for You

by Peter Sander

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ISBN-13: 9781440572715
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 01/18/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 400,848
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Sander is an author, researcher, and consultant in the fields of business, location reference, and personal finance. He has written more than forty books, including Value Investing for Dummies, Personal Finance for Entrepreneurs, and 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics. The author of numerous articles dealing with investment strategies, he is also the coauthor of the top-selling The 100 Best Stocks You Can Buy series.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The Basics 19

Chapter 2 Economy and Economic Cycles 27

1 Income 28

2 Consumption 30

3 Saving and Investment 32

4 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 33

5 Unemployment and Unemployment Rates 36

6 Recessions 38

7 Depressions 41

8 Business Cycle 43

9 Deleveraging 44

10 Misery Index 46

11 Consumer Confidence 48

12 Productivity 50

13 Economic Indicators 52

14 Distribution of Income and Wealth 54

15 The Wealth Effect 57

Chapter 3 Money, Prices, and Interest Rates 59

16 Money 60

17 Money Supply 62

18 Inflation 63

19 Deflation 66

20 Stagflation 68

21 Interest Rates 69

22 Prime Rate 72

23 Yield Curve 73

24 Risk Premium 76

25 Bond Prices Versus Interest Rates 78

26 Gold Standard 79

Chapter 4 Banks and Central Banking 81

27 Commercial Bank 81

28 Investment Bank 83

29 Central Bank 85

30 Federal Reserve 87

31 Target Interest Rates 89

32 Fed Open Market Operations 92

33 Fractional Reserve Banking 94

34 Reflation 96

35 Paradox of Thrift 98

36 Reserve Requirements 100

37 Loan Loss Reserve 101

38 Tier 1 Capital 102

39 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 104

Chapter 5 Government and Government Programs 107

40 U.S. Treasury 108

41 Federal Budget 110

42 Federal Deficits and Debt 113

43 Securities Acts of 1933, 1934, and 1940 115

44 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 118

45 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) 120

46 Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSES) 121

47 Tax Policy and Income Taxation 123

48 Credit Protection 125

49 Bankruptcy Law 128

50 Entitlements: Social Security and Medicare 130

51 Retirement Plans 133

52 Unemployment Benefits 136

53 Health Insurance Protection: Cobra and HIPAA 138

54 Obamacare 140

Chapter 6 Economic Schools and Tools 143

55 Fiscal Policy 144

56 Monetary Policy 146

57 Keynesian School 148

58 Chicago or Monetarist School 150

59 Austrian School 152

60 Supply-Side Economics 154

61 Trickle-Down Economics 157

62 Reaganomics 159

63 Behavioral Economics 161

64 New Deal 163

65 Planned Economy/Socialism 165

Chapter 7 Finance and Financial Markets 169

66 Derivatives and Derivative Trading 170

67 Asset-Backed Security 173

68 Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) 175

69 Credit Default Swap (CDS) 177

70 Mutual Fund 180

71 Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) 182

72 Hedge Fund 184

73 Private Equity 187

74 Leveraged Buyout (LBO) 189

75 Institutional Investors 190

76 Money Market Fund 192

77 Credit Rating Agency 193

78 Stocks, Stock Markets, and Stock Exchanges 195

79 Bonds and Bond Markets 198

80 Commodities, Futures, and Futures Markets 199

81 Currency Markets/Forex 202

82 Brokers, Broker Dealers, and Registered Investment Advisers 204

83 Financial Advisers 206

84 Electronic and High-Frequency Trading 208

85 Insider Trading 211

86 Margin and Buying on Margin 213

87 Short Selling 215

88 Median Home Price 217

89 Housing Affordability 219

90 Foreclosure/Short Sale 221

Chapter 8 Trade and International Economics 225

91 Globalization 226

92 Currency Policy and Exchange Rates 229

93 Currency Devaluation and Depreciation 231

94 Foreign Direct Investment 233

95 Balance of Trade 235

96 Balance of Payments and Current Account 239

97 Trade Agreements 240

98 Protectionism 242

99 International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank 244

100 World Trade Organization 246

101 G8 Economic Summits 248

Index 251

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