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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What Happened This Week 11/24/2017

What Happened This Week 11/24/2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Here at Rapunzl, we are grateful for each and every one of our users as we strive to build the first transparent investing platform. Markets were closed Thursday in observance of the holiday but opened back up today!   Markets as a whole opened in the green this week as Turkey Day provided a weekly break to investors looking for a calm […]

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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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What Happened This Week 11/17/2017

What Happened This Week 11/17/2017

After weeks of back-and-forth statements from both sides, the House passed the GOP’s major tax reform bill on Thursday. The bill will lead to $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals. Additionally, the bill is supposed to create a repatriation tax holiday. This allows corporations to bring foreign cash back to US accounts without incurring additional US taxes. Usually this leads to greater share […]

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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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What Happened This Week 11/10/2017

What Happened This Week 11/10/2017

The market dipped on Thursday as House discussions regarding Trump’s tax reform bill hit their final day of negotiations. Part of the bill has been speculated to contain a large corporate tax cut from 35% down to 20%. The bill also has been rumored to contain a repatriation clause allowing companies to bring offshore profits back to the US for a one-time tax holiday. Companies use this extra […]

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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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What Happened This Week 11/03/2017

What Happened This Week 11/03/2017

President Trump announced on Thursday his nomination of Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell as the next Fed Chair. Powell’s policies are seemingly in line with the opinions of the current Fed Chair Janet Yellen allowing the market to respond with minimal change. He was seen as the continuity candidate as many believe he will stay on the current monetary policy course as long as the economy […]

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