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AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE: One of three national stock markets in the United States (see National Association of Securities Dealers and New York Stock Exchange) that trade ownership shares in corporations. In terms of daily stock transactions and the number of stocks listed, the American Stock Exchange is the smallest of these three. However, it's composite index of stock prices -- AMEX is considered important enough to be flashed briefly on the nightly news.

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by Orley M. Amos, Jr.
Professor of Economics
Oklahoma State University
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Chapter One: The Professor
Chapter Two: A Kind, Loving Instructor
Chapter Three: Some Yummy Purple Fruit
Chapter Four: Tyler's Second Test
Chapter Five: Cali O'Toole
Chapter Six: The Hideous Monster
Chapter Seven: Crunch Water
Chapter Eight: The Quest
Chapter Nine: The Valley Of Red
Chapter Ten: The Purple Village
Chapter Eleven: Leonardo Da Vinci
Chapter Twelve: The Estoffe Flow
Chapter Thirteen: The Evil Professor
Chapter Fourteen: Adam
Chapter Fifteen: The Caves
Chapter Sixteen: Mark Twain
Chapter Seventeen: Leonardo's Place
Chapter Eighteen: Return From Leornia
Chapter Nineteen: The Source Of Water
Chapter Twenty: The Real World

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Fact 4: Our Monopolized Markets

Our pedestrian's jaunt through the economy is not, unfortunately, an unrestrained shopping spree for confectioneries, spark plug tools, and Houston, Texas. We have other important errands to run. At the moment we need to hike over to Shady Valley's exclusive provider of cable television services, the Merciless Monolithic Media Masters Cable Television Company, Inc., to inquire about a mysterious fee that appeared last month's bill.

The good news is that the Merciless Monolithic Media Masters (the 4M people) Cable office is a mere 2 miles (3 kilometers for the metrically inclined) from the Shady Valley Central Town Sprawling Hills Shopping Mall. A hop, skip, and a moderately long jump later, our excursion through the economy takes us to the front door of the 4M Cable Television Company where I hope to discover why last month's cable bill included a $3,569 charge for something called "The Vacation Channel." I didn't even know I had a vacation channel. (But, I'm sure it's a great channel, and if I don't have it, then I will certainly subscribe. Please don't disconnect me.)

Of course, because this an afternoon workday, the doors of the 4M office are locked. I can almost make out, through the expensive stained glass windows, what appears to be several Merciless Monolithic Media Masters Cable Television employees, with champaign bottles in hand, dancing on expensive mahogany desks. Let's not disturb them. As they say in the cable business, an upset worker is a disconnected customer.
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