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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX: A tax on wage earnings that's used to fund the Social Security system. In principle, the Social Security tax is divided equally between employer and employee--your share is listed under the FICA heading of your paycheck. In practice, however, employees really end up paying both employee and employer contributes. The reason is that employers need to consider the entire cost of hiring an employee, including wages, fringe benefits, and assorted taxes. The more they pay in these nonwage items, like Social Security taxes, the less they pay in wages. In that the Social security tax is only on earnings, and excludes profit, interest, and rent, it tends to be a regressive tax.

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RED AGGRESSERINE
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who loves getting the best of others, whether it be a market exchange, a sporting event, or an all-you-can-eat buffet. Family and friends refuse to let you play Monopoly, poker, or even Chutes and Ladders. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time waiting for visits from door-to-door solicitors trying to buy either pink cotton balls or a genuine down-filled comforter. Be on the lookout for malfunctioning pocket calculators. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter O, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 881516. Your preferred shopping venue is auctions. Your special symbol is the ampersand (&).


Is this You?

As a Red Aggresserine, you are somewhat audacious and quite assertive, extremely competitive and a bit vindictive. You take no prisoners when it comes to market negotiations. For you, the thrill is in the competition. You enjoy the challenge of getting the most for the least and will do all you can to come out on top. You live for the hunt, the chase, the transaction. Your adrenaline is triggered by the thoughts of economic victory.


This isn't me! What am I?
RISK LOVING

A preference for risk in which a person prefers risky income over guaranteed or certain income. Risk loving arises due to increasing marginal utility of income. A risk loving person prefers to undertake risk and is even willing to pay to do so. This is one of three risk preferences. The other two are risk neutrality and risk aversion.

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Borrowing Through The FINANCIAL MARKETS

We never know whom we might encounter on our leisurely stroll through the economy. Passing by the marble columns of Interstate OmniBank -- the beacon of safety and security -- we have the good fortune of crossing paths with our Ivy-League-educated pillar of the financial community -- Winston Smythe Kennsington III. Although he seems to be a touch condescending, he's kind enough to show us a freshly signed check for $37 gadzillion, which is but a small part of a multi-gadzillion dollar loan from the Interstate OmniBank. To what constructive purpose Winnie will put these funds remains unclear; how this loan will be repaid, he never says; but Winnie proudly reminds us several times that this loan once again proves his unchallenged standing as the majordomo of the financial markets.
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In the Middle Ages, pepper was used for bartering, and it was often more valuable and stable in value than gold.
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. "

-- Albert Einstein

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