Microeconomics: Competitive Market Behavior

Competitive Behaviour vs. Competitive Market Structure Here are some key terms to begin discussing and understanding competitive behaviors and market structures. Competitive behaviour is the degree to which individual firms compete against each other to gain higher...

Seven Different Classifications of Financial Markets

We just finished five classifications of capital markets, so why not the financial markets as well?. Here is a list of the seven different classifications you’ll find in the financial markets. 1) Debt vs. Equity Markets – Legal obligation vs. –...

Free List of Cash Flow Analysis Articles

NPV, IRR, Cash Flow, and Project Evaluation Tools and Methods We have written a few key articles on the area of cash flow analysis here at DiscussEconomics. This article will give you a quick summary of each article and correlating link for easy review of each topic....

America & the Trillion Dollar Conundrum

Little did we know that in 1999 current economists and policy makers were seeing into a future 2013 when the mighty American economy would be brought to its knees from its own insatiable appetite for corporate profits and the solution to escape the debt riddled...

Relation between Inflation and Interest Rates (graph)

A number of people and students wonder about the relationship between inflation rate movements and the quarterly interest rate (nominal and real interest rate). Here are observations based on Canadian data over a 50 years period that tracks T-Bill interest rate,...

Where Do Banks Get Their Money? Fractional Reserve Banking

Do Banks Create New Money out of Thin Air? **Re-posted after the events of the credit crunch and 700 bailout packages, enjoy the read and learn how the banks got themselves in this mess.** Here’s the story. Banks keep on lending money, but where do they get it...

US New Housing Offers Mixed Bag for October

October data for new US housing starts and purchases has come out and the results are a mixed bag. In reality, it’s not unexpected. There are far too many problems than improvements with the current American economy. Although the upside of the nation as a whole...

Why Don’t Canadians Care About FIPA with China?

If the US tried to sign a secret deal with the Chinese the common citizen would go ballistic. In Canada, a secret agreement signed (we assume on board a moving train in Siberia) in RUSSIA with the Chinese that the current government full intends NOT to debate in...