U.S. & World Economies

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    US Federal Reserve Building, Washington DC
    What Exactly Is the Central Bank?
    Bars of Gold
    What is the Bretton Woods System?
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    Can COVID-19 Vaccines Fix the Economy?
    upreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivers remarks at the Georgetown Law Center on September 12, 2019, in Washington, DC.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Milestones and Their Impact on Financial Equality
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    What Is Obamacare?
    FDR signing Glass Steagall
    This 1933 Law Would Have Prevented the Financial Crisis
    Nasdaq stock market building
    What Is the Nasdaq?
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    How Bad Is Inflation? Past, Present, Future
    President Bill Clinton giving a speech in front of an American flag, 1995
    Which President Created the Most Jobs?
    A sign for Wall Street and American flags in New York, U.S.
    The Secrets of Wall Street: How It Works, Its History, and Its Crashes
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    What Is Income Per Capita?
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    Democrat or Republican: Which Political Party Has Grown the Economy More?
    Presidents’ Salaries During and After Office: While in office, the U.S. president receives a salary of $400,000 a year and a $50,000 expense account as of 2001.Jimmy Carter: $200,000 per year in office / $437,000 received after term Bill Clinton $200,000 per year in office $1,063,000 received in 2018 George W. Bush $400,000 per year in office $1,140,000 received in 2018 Barack Obama $400,000 per year in office $1,153,000 received in 2018
    Presidents' Salaries During and After Office
    What is a government shutdown? a government shutdown is when non-essential discretionary federal programs close. The government will reopen once a budget is passed.
    Why the Government Shut Down and What Happens Next
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    Why Military Spending Is More Than You Think It Is
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    Bureau of Labor Statistics: What It Does and Its Impact
    Trump vs. Obama on Economic Policies
    Is Trump or Obama Best for the Economy?
    What to know about the Green New Deal: A plan to fight climate change and cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2030 Proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Representative John Markey (D-Mass.), though other versions exist Goals include upgrading buildings for energy efficiency and shift of national power generation to renewable sources Outlines plans to combat climate change while creating profitable competitive advantage with new, green jobs, like solar panel installation Also advocates for universal health care, education, and income
    The Green New Deal and How It Boosts the Economy
    Woman walking inside brain maze
    What Was Deinstitutionalization?
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    What Exactly Is the US Economy?
    A business woman shakes hands with a banker across a desk after receiving a prime interest rate loan.
    The Prime Interest Rate and How It Affects You
    Two male employees of Christie's auction house maneuver the Lehman Brothers corporate logo in preparation for the liquidation of the firm’s assets.
    How the 2008 Lehman Brothers Collapse Affects You Today
    The New Deal: Long-Term Impacts
    How the Lows of the Great Depression Still Affect Us Today
    Cartoon representing the drop in the stock market during the subprime mortgage crisis.
    The Causes of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
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    How the Fed Raises and Lowers Interest Rates
    Sarbanes Oxley
    4 Ways Sarbanes-Oxley Stops Corporate Fraud
    U.S treasury bonds
    Why Treasury Yields Fall When Demand Rises
    Two women shopping in the produce section of a grocery store
    Consumer Spending Increases 11.8% in Q2 2021
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    Preventive Care: How It Lowers Healthcare Costs in America
    Man Entering WaMu
    How WaMu Went Bankrupt
    Federal government revenue
    Who Really Pays Uncle Sam's Bills?
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    Here’s How President Biden Plans to respond to COVID-19
    Boehner and Obama agree on TPA
    Why Did Obama Extend the Bush Tax Cuts in 2010?
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    U.S. Poverty Rate by Demographics and State
    A young woman checks her phone while talking with a hotel concierge.
    Jobs Report and the Monthly Employment Growth Statistics
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    The 9 Best Economics Books of 2021
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    Top 10 States With the Best Education Scores
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    The True Cause of Income Inequality in America
    Uncle Sam's top hat filled with currency to represent government spending.
    How Congress Really Spends Your Money
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    How a Carbon Tax Can Solve Climate Change
    Black Thursday news coverage
    The First Day of the Worst Stock Market Crash in U.S. History
    A banker looks over mortgage-backed security data.
    What Are Mortgage-Backed Securities?
    Close-up of man's hands counting a stack of money into another man's hand
    How Companies Show Revenue on the Balance Sheet
    Image shows Donald Trump on Health Care: 2017: Halts reimbursing insurers for low-income deductibles and co-payment waivers 2018: Proposed a plan to loosen regulations on short-term insurance 2019: Signed a later blocked E.O. that required drugmakers to disclose prices in TV advertising 2020: No national strategy for COVID-19; states left in charge of their own response
    Donald Trump's Health Care Policies
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    How COVID-19 Has Affected the U.S. Economy
    the three spending categories of the ARRA: Cut taxes by $288 billion. Designated $224 billion in extended unemployment benefits, education, and health care spending. Allocated $275 billion in federal contracts, grants, and loans to create jobs
    Did Obama's Stimulus Plan Work?
    U.S. Soldiers Continue Advisory Role As Election Nears In Afghanistan
    Busting 5 Myths About Government Discretionary Spending
    Senior couple at a desk listening to their female financial consultant
    What Is a Flat Tax System?
    Several architects review a model of a field of wind turbines on a table in their office
    How to Get Economic Power
    A firefighter protects homes during wildfires in California.
    How Wildfires Impact the Economy
    Pros and Cons of Obamacare
    states with best economies
    Which Are the Wealthiest and Poorest States in America?
    Women buying sunglasses
    How the Fed Controls Inflation
    Health Exam Cost
    5 Factors That Predict How Much Obamacare Will Cost You
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    U.S. Education Rankings Are Falling Behind the Rest of the World
    African American woman reading newspaper in cafe
    What Is the Consumer Confidence Index?
    Crop irrigation
    How Farm Subsidies Affect You
    Astronaut in space
    How $1 Spent on NASA Adds $8 to the Economy
    Cropped shot of an attractive young businesswoman using a calculator and a notebook while working on her finances in her office
    How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changes Corporate Taxes
    Democratic Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama
    How Have Democratic Presidents Affected the Economy?