Green Bonds

Green Bonds

Here at Rapunzl we love green! From greenbacks to green beans and everything in between, we think it’s the best color there is. Just take a look at our logo! Green represents life, cleanliness, and this beautiful place we call Earth. So naturally, we decided to use our financial fluency tools to take a closer look at how money becomes truly green: green bonds.   […]

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The Age of E-Commerce

The Age of E-Commerce

Black Friday has come and gone, and another historic year of sales is in the books. Let’s use our financial fluency tools to take a closer look at the market impact of the one time during the holiday season when your wallet actually thanks you.   Transfer of Power   Retail store sales have continued to take a severe dip this year as e-commerce giants […]

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Turkeynomics

Turkeynomics

Ahh Thanksgiving! That wonderful time of year when families come together, reflect on all they are thankful for, and share a delicious home-cooked meal. Everyone loves Thanksgiving dinner, so naturally, us market fanatics at Rapunzl decided to take a closer look at some of the market forces and economic concepts behind your meal so we can all add it to our financial fluency toolbox.   […]

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Living in a World of Negative Rates

Living in a World of Negative Rates

At many of the world’s central banks, setting key interest rates is the primary tool for conducting monetary policy and stabilizing economic activity. When central bankers are worried about inflation or an economy expanding too quickly, they can raise rates and increase the cost of borrowing, giving households and businesses more reason to save their money, rather than spending or investing. Similarly, in the midst […]

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Crypto-craziness

Crypto-craziness

  With a market cap of nearly $200 billion, it is safe to say that nothing has had a quicker rise to fame in recent years than cryptocurrency. Bitcoin’s foundation in 2009 was the first domino to fall in a line of hundreds as the blockchain industry continues its rapid expansion.   The general technology provides users with a decentralized platform that allows them to […]

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Investors’ Interest in Semiconductors

Investors’ Interest in Semiconductors

2017 has been the year of the chip, and no, we are not talking about the Lay’s products seemingly thrown into every new Taco Bell menu item. Tech stocks have dominated markets this year, and a large part of that support has come from its chip-producing companies. Semiconductor stocks have surged as their capabilities continue to become more essential to our daily life. These highly-complex, […]

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All You Need to Know About Your New Federal Reserve Chairman

All You Need to Know About Your New Federal Reserve Chairman

The Federal Reserve moves markets. As arguably the most important central banking system in the world, lenders, banks, and financial institutions from every end of the globe keep a watchful eye on the Fed’s actions. Hence, any potential uncertainty in, or disruption of this institution commands the undivided attention of global investors. The Fed has a powerful impact on our markets, so in order to […]

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Exciting Prospects for Financial Education

Exciting Prospects for Financial Education

Student debt, tax refunds, budgeting enough money to continue your weekly Chipotle diet: there are countless reasons why financial fluency is essential to a strong present and an effective future. However, our country has lacked in this department for many years now resulting in continued financial illiteracy among our younger generations. Fortunately, several exciting programs are attempting to spark the economic guru in all of […]

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