The Global Economic Outlook

Through three charts that together illustrate the global economic outlook, we can use the wisdom of the crowd to predict the future.

The ABCs of Russia’s Debt Downgrade

Reflecting a standardized system, the letters from the major ratings agencies that signaled Russia’s debt downgrade indicated a speedy plunge.

How Bowie Bonds Connected Music and Finance

Using securitization as an upfront payment to musicians for future royalties, Bowie Bonds were a Wall Street innovation.

Why Your Stock Ticker Symbol Matters

Much more than a name for trading stock, clever stock ticker symbols can affect how investors feel about companies.

How Stock Markets Have Changed

Celebrating its 125th birthday, we can use the Dow Jones Industrial Average to see how the U.S. economy has changed

How Stock Market Performance Responds to Social Unrest

While investors are right when they express concern that stock market performance reacts to social unrest, the response varies.

How Free Stock Trades Can Be Expensive

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely demonstrated the impact of “free” in an experiment that he described in Predictably Irrational. At first, participants could choose a Hershey’s Kiss for a penny or a Lindt Truffle for 15 cents. Selected by 73%, the…

Why GameStop Stock Is Like a Beanie Baby

GameStop describes itself as a chain of 5,000+ stores that sells video games and entertainment products at malls and online. Rather than a retailer, though, GameStop will probably be remembered as a financial bubble. During 2020 when the stock was…

How to Rescue a Rhinoceros and a Coral Reef

New financial products might be able to boost sustainability projects for the black rhino and a Mexican coral reef.

Why Recent Stock Market Fluctuations Are Tough To Explain

Looking at a Covid-19 time table, economic fundamentals, and economic uncertainty, we can try to explain recent stock market fluctuations.