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FINANCIAL MARKETS: A market that trades financial assets. Financial assets are the legal claims on the real assets in our economy and include such notable items as corporate stocks and bonds, government securities, and money. Without financial markets our economy would find it almost impossible to accumulate the funds needed for investment in big, expensive capital projects.

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PURPLE SMARPHIN
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who thinks of shopping as a necessity, but not the most important thing that you will do today. Family and friends consider you the smartest person they know, and rightfully so. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time looking for the new strip mall out on the highway wanting to buy either several orange mixing bowls or clothing for your pet dog. Be on the lookout for vindictive digital clocks with revenge on their minds. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter R, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 883034. Your preferred shopping venue is the Internet. Your special symbol is the exclamation point (!).


Is this You?

As a Purple Smarphin, you are the brightest and most intelligent person you know. And that goes for shopping, too. You know exactly what you want. You know exactly what it costs. You know exactly when and where to buy. But, of course, shopping is only one of the many activities that attracts your intellectual attention. You shop when you need to and buy if have to, but shopping is not the end all of your life.


This isn't me! What am I?
L

A broad monetary measure that combines M3 plus several liquid assets, including commercial paper, U.S. Treasury bills, savings bonds, and bankers' acceptances. L used to be tracked and reported by the Federal Reserve System along with M1, M2, and M3. However, L is no longer reported.

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Creating WEALTH

Wealth -- what is it and how do you get it? Perhaps one of those home business franchises that sell cleaning products, housewares, or perfume can be your source of financial independence. And, as evidenced by those late-night infomercials, the always lucrative area of real estate investment is almost certain to turn you into a gadzillionaire by next Thursday. Or perhaps tinkering in the financial markets with penny stocks, gold futures, or silver options is more your cup of tea. (My personal favorite is the Darling Donna's Chimney Sweep outfit that gives you the opportunity for a meaningful career in the high-profile field of chimney maintenance products.) The question for today is: Are any of these get-rich-quick schemes better than buying a lottery ticket?
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Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment
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