Evaluating Betsy DeVos’ Education Plan

Evaluating Betsy DeVos’ Education Plan

President Trump’s new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has recently outlined her plan to solve our country’s educational issues which range from student choice problems to ballooning student loan debts. If DeVos’ plan is adopted across the board, it will drastically change what the future of our country’s education system looks like. But does her plan truly solve our country’s complex educational problems? Let’s use […]

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What Happened This Week 2/23/2018

What Happened This Week 2/23/2018

Gates Pleads Guilty Rick Gates, former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, will enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Gates purportedly lied about a meeting regarding Ukraine in 2013, which was attended by a member of Congress and Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. The investigation, which shows no signs of slowing down, has implicated multiple high-level officials in the Trump administration. […]

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Does the President Influence Bitcoin’s Price?

Does the President Influence Bitcoin’s Price?

The quick changes and volatility of Bitcoin’s prices have long puzzled economists. There are many reasons why Bitcoin’s price movements can’t be analyzed like a normal asset, one of which is its unofficial status. To date, there are no clear classifications on what Bitcoin truly is, whether it’s a safe haven asset or a stock. While it’s true that Bitcoin investors call it a new […]

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What Happened This Week 2/16/2018

What Happened This Week 2/16/2018

SEC Crypto Clampdown The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has suspended trading in three companies tied to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology: Cherubim Interests Inc., PDX Partners Inc., and Victura Construction Group Inc. The SEC cited delinquent filings and cautioned investors to be wary of companies trying to raise additional capital by launching an ICO or changing their company name to attract investors interested in blockchain […]

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Venezuela: A Country in Crisis

Venezuela: A Country in Crisis

Venezuela used to be considered one of the future powers of the world when its economy peaked in the late 1970s following an oil-driven gold rush. But following decades of oil gluts, shortages of food and healthcare, and continuous political turmoil, the failing country’s future tells a frighteningly different story. Venezuela, once a rising powerhouse, can now simply be described as a country in crisis. […]

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Industry Spotlight: Healthcare with an Aging Population

Industry Spotlight: Healthcare with an Aging Population

After World War II, few could have predicted that the ensuing boom in childbirths would have lasting effects on our country for years to come. However, as the aging population continues to rise, due in large part to the baby boomer generation, we at Rapunzl will use our financial fluency tools take a look at its impact on our economy. Introducing this week’s Industry Spotlight: […]

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What Happened This Week 2/09/2018

What Happened This Week 2/09/2018

Debbie (DOW)ner Markets across the US and Asia were hit hard this week after a global stock sell-off materialized fears of a looming market correction. Major US indices are all down around 4%, with the Dow (DJI) down over 1000 points for the second time this week and 10% from its January peak. China, and Hong Kong in particular, have been among the hardest hit, […]

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The Bitcoin Bubble

The Bitcoin Bubble

Another week, another cryptocurrency headline. However, this week’s headline is vastly different than the countless ones that preceded it, this week we ask: is the bitcoin bubble finally popping?   The Formation of the Bitcoin Bubble   Analysts have always warned against an imminent bitcoin bubble pop after the asset class’ historic rise showed eerily similar signs to the early 2000’s dotcom bubble and the […]

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What Happened This Week 2/02/2018

What Happened This Week 2/02/2018

Bezos Bump Yesterday, Amazon (AMZN) reported profits in excess of $2 billion. This is the largest in Amazon’s history. In the past year, the online retailer drew millions of new customers to its Prime service which brings in $100 per customer per year. Changes to U.S. tax law added to Amazon’s net income as they were able to repatriate $789 million from overseas. Amazon stock […]

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The Commercial Space Race

The Commercial Space Race

One small step for man, one giant leap for… our economy? Although space travel used to be exclusively a competition between national governments, the commercial space race has heated up dramatically in recent years, as the industry has shifted from sluggish government programs into the hands of private and public companies. Let’s use our financial fluency tools to take a closer look at this industry’s […]

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