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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.

It's on the calendar: the April 15th filing deadline for federal individual income tax. Just as a new year begins, it's tax-filing season and the frenzy begins. Some taxpayers are excited and eagerly anticipate a tax refund. Predictably, they are likely to file their tax returns early.

Posted 2016-11-01

International Trade

by Scott A. Wolla

International trade is important to our economy, and its importance has increased as countries have become more interconnected. But international trade is not without controversy. Many people are alarmed when they hear the United States has a trade deficit.

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.

No doubt you have heard “the Dow” mentioned in the news. But do you know what it means? It’s the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow), an index consisting of the stock prices of 30 large companies in various industries reflecting U.S. economic activity.

Posted 2016-09-01

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

by Scott A. Wolla

Are you in the market for a vehicle? During the 2007-09 recession, new-vehicle sales plunged to their lowest levels in nearly 30 years. They have since fully recovered as people replace their aging vehicles with shiny new cars, trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles.

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.

Hopefully Booker T. Washington’s words inspire you to do your best in school, but Peggy Klaus has some sage advice as well: “Soft skills get little respect but will make or break your career.” Peggy Klaus is a leadership coach and the author of The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner.

Posted 2016-04-01

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

by Scott A. Wolla

If you ever ask an economist which stocks to buy, chances are you won’t get a specific answer. Instead, you might hear about the “efficiencies” of markets.In fact, there’s an old economics joke about market efficiency: Two economists walk down a sidewalk—one is older and wiser and the other is younger and less experienced.

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.

“New and improved” credit cards are appearing in wallets of consumers across the United States. Designed for additional security for consumers and businesses, the new cards command the attention of consumers, merchants, and financial institutions.

Posted 2016-02-01

Making Sense of Unemployment Data

by Scott A. Wolla

Job growth has been healthy for five years. However, many people still express concern over the health of the overall labor market. For example, Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, states that the “official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.”

Posted 2016-01-04

myRA: A New Way To Save for Retirement

by Shannon R. Smithers

The Treasury Department’s myRA program ended in September 2018.


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