Breaking News: Money Buys Happiness!

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Despite what your parents told you, new research suggests that more money really does lead to a more satisfying life! Questions: 1. What did the study base this information on? 2. How long did the effects of money last, according to the study? 3. How did the surveys measure subjective well-being? 4. What did the… Read more »

No cash allowed

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In Sweden, “No cash accepted” signs are becoming an increasingly common sight in shops and eateries across the country as payments go digital and mobile. Questions: 1. Why is going cashless bad for tax cheats? 2. Why are authorities in Sweden worried about the cashless society? 3. What percent of Swedes never use cash? 4…. Read more »

Uncle Sam Picked the Wrong Cash Cow!

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According to the Washington Post, dairy farmer Randy Sowers has gotten back all the money seized by Federal agents from in his bank account. Questions: 1. Briefly describe the underlying issue in this story. 2. What is smurfing? Is this what Sowers did? 3. Why was Sowers successful in getting his money back? Discuss. 4…. Read more »

A Sign of the Times: Monopoly Changes

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In its newest edition of Monopoly called “Ultimate Banking,” Hasbro has decided to drop the dollar bills and replace them with credit cards. Questions: 1.When did Parker Brothers first start selling the Monopoly game? 2.How will players keep track of their property and money with this new version of the game? 3. What are some… Read more »

Chinese Exodus of Capital

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With the Chinese economy tanking, more and more wealthy families are trying to move large sums of money out of the country. As Mr. Bradsher notes in this article, “some methods are perfectly legal, like investing in real estate elsewhere, buying businesses overseas and paying off debts owed in dollars. Others, like Smurfing, are more… Read more »

Huge Merger

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To keep up with the changing technology environment, computer maker Dell will buy the storage provider EMC in a deal worth about $67 billion, the companies announced today, Oct. 12. Questions: 1. What are some of the benefits of the new combined company? 2. How much is Dell going to pay per share of EMC?… Read more »

The Big Wash Machine for Mexican drug cartels

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Turning dirty cash from drug sales into clean, usable currency has become harder for Mexican drug gangs as a result of tighter banking regulations at home and in the U.S. However, the latest money laundering schemes are piggy-backing on cross-border trade. Questions: 1. What is a “suspicious activity report” filed by banks in the U.S…. Read more »

Tax is not so sweet!

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According to the New York Times, a new study indicates how taxes might be used to curb consumption of sugary drinks and suggests that applying a tax based on the amount of calories contained in a serving rather than its size would be more effective. Questions: 1. What are the relationships that the study mentioned… Read more »

Remember: Cash is King!

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According to McClatchy News, one in three buyers of U.S. homes is paying cash, which is a record high number. Florida topped all states for all-cash home sales, at 55 percent of cash sales during the first three months of this year. That’s on a par with 54 percent for all of last year and… Read more »

Catch 22: Money from Legalized Marijuana

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Banks, including state-chartered ones, are reluctant to provide traditional services to legal marijuana businesses in Washington state and Colorado. Since the marijuana businesses are conducted almost entirely in cash, it is exceedingly difficult for these shop owners to open and maintain bank accounts, and ultimately accept credit cards. Questions: 1. Why won’t the banks open… Read more »