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AD VALOREM TARIFF: A tax on imports that is specified as a percentage of the value of the good or service being taxed. This is one form of trade barrier that's intended to restrict imports into a country. Unlike nontariff barriers and quotas, which increase prices and thus revenue received by domestic producers, an 'ad valorem tariff' generates revenue for the government. For example: a 15 percent ad valorem tariff on a TV set worth $100 would pay a tariff of $15. One advantage of an ad valorem tariff is that it keeps up with changes in prices (mostly inflation).

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ORANGE REBELOON
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who buys when everyone else is selling and sells when everyone else is buying. Family and friends hesitate to broach any controversial topic when you're around for fear of a verbal tongue-lashing. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time touring the new suburban shopping complex wanting to buy either a weathervane with a chicken on top or a flower arrangement with daisies and carnations for your uncle. Be on the lookout for slightly overweight pizza delivery guys. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter F, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 031549. Your preferred shopping venue is flea markets. Your special symbol is the backslash (\).


Is this You?

As an Orange Rebeloon, you are very much the rebel and the contrarian. It is your nature to go against the grain. When everyone else is buying, you sell. When everyone else is selling, you buy. You go against the trends. You disdain fashion. If it's hot, you're not. You would march to your own drummer and dance to your own tune, if doing so wasn't so trite and conventional.


This isn't me! What am I?
TIGHT MONEY

A general condition of the economy in which money is not relatively abundant nor plentiful. In modern times, this condition arises when the monetary authority (Federal Reserve System) undertakes contractionary monetary policy. With tight money, interest rates are generally higher and inflation tends to remain low. The alternative to tight money is easy money.

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Shopping Around For RETAIL PRICES

It's time for another one of our frequent stops at Mr. Market Super Food Discount Store, this time to check out the story behind retail prices. As consumers, we spend a large fraction of our nonworking, nonsleeping lives wandering grocery stores aisles, searching clothing store racks, and surveying department store displays for the right product at the right price. How do we know, like the name of the long-running game show, if "The Price is Right?" How are retail prices set and do they really tell us the value of a product?
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Post WWI induced hyperinflation in German in the early 1900s raised prices by 726 million times from 1918 to 1923.
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