Who Determines When a Recession Begins and Ends?

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An organization called the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is responsible for determining when recessions begin and end in the US. More specifically, a committee within the NBER called the Business Cycle Dating Committee is a group of experts who determine the starts and ends of recessions. How is … [Read more…]

5 Ways That Stock Buybacks Can be Bad

Stock buybacks are the preferred method of many companies to return money to shareholders. This involves the companies buying back their own shares on the open market, then effectively destroying the shares. When done right, this is good for investors as it reduces the number of outstanding shares and raises … [Read more…]