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Money Mondays: Inflation

Last week we discussed the Federal Reserve System, which is responsible for managing the economic health of our country. There are a number of factors the Fed must consider when creating effective monetary policy. One such factor is inflation, which … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve, also called the Fed, is the central banking system in the United States. The Fed is responsible for printing national currency, issuing savings bonds and Treasury bills, regulating domestic and foreign member banks, and engaging in monetary … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Competition

A few weeks ago we talked about supply and demand, and how there is an ideal equilibrium between the two. This equilibrium exists because of competition in the marketplace. According to Investopedia, “Under perfect competition, there are many buyers and … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Cost-Benefit Analysis

Last week we talked about opportunity cost, or the cost of choosing to do or buy one thing rather than another. Think back on some of the big decisions you’ve made, such as choosing a college. When you made that … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Opportunity Cost

Two weeks ago we talked about supply and demand. Whenever you buy something (playing a role in demand), you give up the opportunity to buy something else. Alternatively, whenever you decide to do something with your time (such as watch … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Market Equilibrium

Last week we talked about supply and demand. This week we’ll focus on the relationship between those two concepts. The Law of Supply and Demand, illustrated by the graph below, states that there is an equilibrium between supply and demand. … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Supply & Demand

Supply and demand are two foundational concepts in economics. According to Investopedia, supply “describes the total amount of a specific good or service that is available to consumers…. [All] else being equal, the supply provided by producers will rise if … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: The Economy

If you ever listen to the news, even accidentally, odds are you’ve heard someone talking about the economy. You’ll hear words like inflation and GDP and monetary policy, but if you’re not studying business or economics it might all sound … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Wrap Up

This semester we have covered a wide variety of personal finance topics, from student loans to credit cards to retirement. These topics can be overwhelming, but hopefully you feel a little more confident in your ability to manage your finances … Continue reading

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Money Mondays: Retirement

Though it seems like it’s a long way off, retirement is something you have to start saving for early in life. Think back to when we discussed compound interest a few weeks ago. The benefits of compound interest are particularly … Continue reading

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