U.S. Economy

The state of the U.S. economy can have a big impact on your investment dollars and employment prospects, even if you don't live here. Learn basic economic concepts like GDP, monetary policy, the national debt, and more.
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What Is the Nasdaq?
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How Bad Is Inflation? Past, Present, Future
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Which President Created the Most Jobs?
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The Secrets of Wall Street: How It Works, Its History, and Its Crashes
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What Is Income Per Capita?
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Democrat or Republican: Which Political Party Has Grown the Economy More?
Presidents’ Salaries During and After Office: While in office, the U.S. president receives a salary of $400,000 a year and a $50,000 expense account as of 2001.Jimmy Carter: $200,000 per year in office / $437,000 received after term Bill Clinton $200,000 per year in office $1,063,000 received in 2018 George W. Bush $400,000 per year in office $1,140,000 received in 2018 Barack Obama $400,000 per year in office $1,153,000 received in 2018
Presidents' Salaries During and After Office
What is a government shutdown? a government shutdown is when non-essential discretionary federal programs close. The government will reopen once a budget is passed.
Why the Government Shut Down and What Happens Next
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Why Military Spending Is More Than You Think It Is
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Bureau of Labor Statistics: What It Does and Its Impact
Trump vs. Obama on Economic Policies
Is Trump or Obama Best for the Economy?
What to know about the Green New Deal: A plan to fight climate change and cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2030 Proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Representative John Markey (D-Mass.), though other versions exist Goals include upgrading buildings for energy efficiency and shift of national power generation to renewable sources Outlines plans to combat climate change while creating profitable competitive advantage with new, green jobs, like solar panel installation Also advocates for universal health care, education, and income
The Green New Deal and How It Boosts the Economy
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What Exactly Is the US Economy?
A business woman shakes hands with a banker across a desk after receiving a prime interest rate loan.
The Prime Interest Rate and How It Affects You
Two male employees of Christie's auction house maneuver the Lehman Brothers corporate logo in preparation for the liquidation of the firm’s assets.
How the 2008 Lehman Brothers Collapse Affects You Today
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The US Economy and How It Works
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How the Lows of the Great Depression Still Affect Us Today
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The Causes of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
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How the Fed Raises and Lowers Interest Rates
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6 Trends That Affect the U.S. Economy
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4 Ways Sarbanes-Oxley Stops Corporate Fraud
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Why Treasury Yields Fall When Demand Rises
A store owner looks over his sales numbers from the previous quarter.
US Economic Outlook for 2021 and Beyond
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Consumer Spending Increases 11.9% in Q2 2021
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Preventive Care: How It Lowers Healthcare Costs in America
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How WaMu Went Bankrupt
Federal government revenue
Who Really Pays Uncle Sam's Bills?
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Here’s How President Biden Plans to respond to COVID-19.
Boehner and Obama agree on TPA
Why Did Obama Extend the Bush Tax Cuts in 2010?
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U.S. Poverty Rate by Demographics and State
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Jobs Report and the Monthly Employment Growth Statistics
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The 9 Best Economics Books of 2021
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Top 10 States With the Best Education Scores
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The True Cause of Income Inequality in America
why us federal spending is increasing: spending grew to a record 24.4% of GDP during the Great Recession, Congress enacted sequestration to curb government spending, beginning in 2013. Despite sequestration, deficit spending has wildly increased because of the government's effort to continually boost economic growth
Current US Federal Government Spending
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How a Carbon Tax Can Solve Climate Change
Black Thursday news coverage
The First Day of the Worst Stock Market Crash in U.S. History
A banker looks over mortgage-backed security data.
What Are Mortgage-Backed Securities?
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How Companies Show Revenue on the Balance Sheet
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How COVID-19 Has Affected the U.S. Economy
the three spending categories of the ARRA: Cut taxes by $288 billion. Designated $224 billion in extended unemployment benefits, education, and health care spending. Allocated $275 billion in federal contracts, grants, and loans to create jobs
Did Obama's Stimulus Plan Work?
U.S. Soldiers Continue Advisory Role As Election Nears In Afghanistan
Busting 5 Myths About Government Discretionary Spending
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What Is a Flat Tax System?
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How to Get Economic Power
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How Is the US Economy Doing?
states with best economies
Which Are the Wealthiest and Poorest States in America?
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How the Fed Controls Inflation
Health Exam Cost
5 Factors That Predict How Much Obamacare Will Cost You
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U.S. Education Rankings Are Falling Behind the Rest of the World
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What Is the Consumer Confidence Index?
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How Farm Subsidies Affect You
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How $1 Spent on NASA Adds $8 to the Economy
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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changes Corporate Taxes
Democratic Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama
How Have Democratic Presidents Affected the Economy?
9 Obamacare Facts That You Don't Know
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush speak onstage
Democratic Views on the Economy
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Current US Consumer Debt July 2021
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Valentine's Day Shoppers Plan to Spend $21.8B in 2021
A timeline of the roaring '20s: 1922, 1923, 1925, 126, 1928, 129
The Economy in the 1920s and What Caused the Great Depression
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Current Federal Mandatory Spending
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