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GUILD: In medieval European times, a collection of artisans or merchants in the same occupation or industry, often in a particular location. Guilds were the forerunners of modern craft unions. They typical set quality standards and criteria for entry into the profession. Doing so allowed guilds to limit competition, monopolize their markets, keep prices high, and boost guild member incomes.

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GREEN LOGIGUIN
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who is never talked into making a purchase by a silver-tongued salesman. Family and friends may think of you as being somewhat wishy-washy or a flip-flopper, but they just don't get it. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time watching infomercials trying to buy either a turbo-powered vacuum cleaner or a battery-powered, rechargeable vacuum cleaner. Be on the lookout for empty parking spaces that appear to be near the entrance to a store. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter W, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 946251. Your preferred shopping venue is strip malls. Your special symbol is the equal sign (=).


Is this You?

As a Green Logiguin, you seek a balance in life and your market activities. You are logical and reasonable, always seeking to weigh costs and benefits, pros and cons, ups and downs, ins and outs, goods and bads. You are the embodiment of yin and yang. You know that there are two sides to every story and every market exchange. Sometimes you buy. Sometimes you sell. You search out the best deals, with the highest quality and lowest price.


This isn't me! What am I?
MARKET CLEARING

A condition of the market in which the quantity demanded is equal to the quantity supplied, such that the market is "clear" of any shortage or surplus. Market clearing is a common, non-technical term for equilibrium. In a market graph, the market clearing is found at the intersection of the demand curve and the supply curve.

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Paying TAXES

The time has come to take a firm stand! The Shady Valley Gazette Tribune-Journal has published an inflammatory editorial calling for a "pedestrian" tax on anyone who ambles around the economy. This tax, as every pedestrian would surely agree, is misguided and short-sighted. It's also unfair and probably unconstitutional. How DARE the editors of the Shady Valley Gazette Tribune-Journal call for a "pedestrian" tax. Sure they argue that ambling pedestrians should help pay for the sidewalks, traffic signals, and other assorted public goods. But, it's certainly not in MY best interest as a pedestrian to pay this misguided, short-sighted, unfair, and probably unconstitutional tax.
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A half gallon milk jug holds about $50 in pennies.
"Executives who get there and stay suggest solutions when they present the problems. "

-- Malcolm Forbes, business executive

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