Discussing the World’s Economic Status and Plans for a Future Global Economic Initiative – Among the Koalas?

The Group of 20, or the G20, concluded its 2-day meeting in Brisbane, Australia yesterday. Every year, 19 nations plus the European Union, which represent the mightiest economies, send their central bank leaders, finance ministers, and governors to meet in a forum where global economic issues are discussed, policies are compared, and objectives and intentions […]


What is the Right Minimum Wage?

A grocery bagger, a burger flipper, and a cashier—these are all minimum wage jobs. How much do you think people who hold these jobs are paid an hour (before taxes)? If you guessed $10, you aimed too high; if you said $6, you guessed too low. The current minimum wage is $7.25. In his State […]

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Protect Your Credit Card from Sneaky Cyber Thieves

On Saturday, January 25, Michaels, the largest craft supply chain in the United States announced it is investigating whether its customers’ credit cards had been hacked while making purchases. If confirmed, it is the latest in a string of in-store credit card breaches. Between November 29, 2013 and December 15, 2013, during the Black Friday […]


I See What You are Saying

Nelson Mandela’s body traveled across South Africa last week toward his ancestral home village and final resting place. Along the way, he was remembered and celebrated by world leaders and South Afrikaans during a memorial service on December 10. As is often the case, a sign language interpreter translated the service for the deaf community. […]


Dollars and Sense: Teaching Money

While elementary school students may have years before they are faced with decisions about credit cards and mortgages, it is essential that they have a solid foundation for future economic learning. Teach the meaning of money in the lower grades, including recognizing coins and bills and counting money, and teach skills such as saving and […]


Healthcare’s Marketplace: Open with Errors

Obamacare, or as it is officially known, the Affordable Care Act, has had a rough month. It began the month as the target of House Republicans determined to defund the ACA in exchange for ending the partial government shutdown. At the same time, registration opened October 1 for people who want to buy health insurance […]


Service in the Community

In January every year, Americans observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Politicians and civic leaders urge Americans to use this holiday as an action and civic commitment in order to promote Dr. King’s legacy. In 1994, President Clinton signed the King Holiday and Service Act into law which brings diverse groups of […]


A Face-lift for Franklin

Money, moola, lettuce, loot, long green, Benjamins, bills, bones. No matter what you call it, money is at the heart of much of what we do. Protecting our money is important. On October 8, a new $100 bill hit the streets. The new currency still features Ben Franklin, but it also includes new anti-counterfeit measures. […]

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