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“The back story on front page economics.” These accessible essays cover the basics of economic topics, with a separate version for use in the classroom. Special “Focus on Finance” essays cover personal finance.

Posted 2016-12-01

Income Tax: Facts and Filings

by Jeannette N. Bennett

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

Federal individual income tax must be paid to the U.S. government, but the amounts paid vary widely. The December 2016 issue of Page One Economics: Focus on Finance addresses basic facts about the tax—its history, purpose, and current structure.

Posted 2016-11-01

International Trade

by Scott A. Wolla

As Adam Smith said, everyone lives by exchanging. They exchange—buy and sell—to make themselves better off. Does the same principle apply to international trade? Do nations benefit from importing and exporting? The November Page One Economics explains the basics of international trade and its importance to the economy.

Posted 2016-10-03

Financing Businesses and Public Projects with Stocks and Bonds

by Barbara Flowers

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

Stocks and bonds offer potential gains for investors, but they can also help fuel the economy. The October 2016 issue of Page One Economics: Focus on Finance explains how stocks and bonds can help companies grow, entrepreneurs start businesses, and governments fund public projects.

Posted 2016-09-01

Why Is It So Difficult To Buy a High-Quality Used Car?

by Scott A. Wolla

With prices of new vehicles at all-time highs, many buyers are looking for used vehicles. It can be challenging, though, to figure out what is or isn’t a good deal. The September 2016 issue of Page One Economics explains why asymmetric information makes it difficult for used-car buyers to avoid “lemons” and why lemons are a larger problem for the used-car market.

Posted 2016-05-02

Soft Skills: Success May Depend on Them

by Kris Bertelsen

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

What skills do you need to develop for future success? Academics for sure, but soft skills are also important. Learn more about soft skills, the labor force, and unemployment in the May 2016 Page One Economics: Focus on Finance essay.

Posted 2016-04-01

Stock Market Strategies: Are You an Active or Passive Investor?

by Scott A. Wolla

Stock market mutual funds offer investors diversified stock market portfolios, but there are several types. Actively managed funds attempt to “beat” the market by using research, forecasts, and judgment to pick stocks with the best growth prospects. Passively managed funds attempt to replicate the market by buying a representative sample of the stocks on a specific stock market index. Which to choose? This issue of Page One Economics explains the efficient market hypothesis and how it might influence your investment decisions.

Posted 2016-03-01

The Smart-Chip Credit Card: A Current Solution

by Jeannette N. Bennett

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

The familiar magnetic stripe credit cards used for decades in the United States are being phased out. Read about the new smart-chip credit cards, designed to reduce fraud and improve security, in the March issue of Page One Economics: Focus on Finance.

Posted 2016-02-01

Making Sense of Unemployment Data

by Scott A. Wolla

Job growth has been healthy over the past five years. However, many people are still concerned about the overall health of the labor market. This issue of Page One Economics explains what the unemployment rate does—and does not—measure and whether it is a reliable indicator of the health of the labor market.

Posted 2015-12-29

myRA: A New Way To Save for Retirement

by Shannon R. Smithers

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

myRA is a retirement savings account for people who don’t have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. This new U.S. Treasury tool reduces some of the barriers people face when saving for retirement. It’s a way for people to build up some savings and then move on to investments in the private sector to continue their savings journey. The January 2016 issue of Page One Economics: Focus on Finance explains how to get started planning for the future using this new financial product.


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