South Africa is now in Recession

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South Africa has entered into a recession, which is the first time since 2009. Questions: 1. How much has GDP dropped? 2. What has been attributed to the drop and the contraction? 3. How is the South African currency holding up (the rand)? 4. What is the outlook for the rest of the year? Source:… Read more »

Hyperinflation

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According to Bloomberg, a cup of coffee cost 450 bolivars in Venezuela less than two years ago. Now, as the nation’s hyperinflation continues to skyrocket, a cafe con leche costs 1 million bolivars — or a mere 29 U.S. cents. Questions: 1. What is the most common note in circulation in Venezuela? 2. Venezuela has… Read more »

Helping with the Rent?

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Almost half of people in their early 20s have a secret, one they don’t usually share even with friends: Their parents help them pay the rent. Questions: 1. What is the average amount that about 40% of 22, 23, and 24 year-olds receive from their parents, to help with the rent? 2. How do career… Read more »

Good News for the Class of 2015!

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According to the Washington Post, the New York Federal Reserve found that the demand for college-educated workers has picked up over the past year after flatlining in 2013. Additionally, it has risen more than 10 percent in the first few months of this year. Questions: 1. How many people were unemployed at the peak of… Read more »

Why Can’t I Get A Break on Airline Tickets, with Gas Down to Record Lows?

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Even with oil prices down, it seems like airline tickets are either increasing in price or staying level. In fact in October 2014, there were four separate attempts by U.S. airlines to hike airfares with mixed success. But why? Questions: 1. To what conditions does Seany attribute the high airline ticket prices? 2. Do you… Read more »

Pop Goes the Bubble!

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According to the New York Times, the drop in oil prices are dimminishing one of the few big bright spots that banks have enjoyed since the financial crisis. The reason is that banks have been experiencing a lending boom to companies in the nation’s energy industry. Questions: 1. Which banking group has the greatest investment… Read more »