The Minimum Wage Debate

The Minimum Wage Debate

Remember when a Big Mac used to cost 75¢? Or how about when you could buy a can of soda for a nickel? Naturally, price levels increase over time (this is often called inflation), and in order to keep up with their constant rise, our wages have followed. However, many workers are dissatisfied with the pace that their salaries have grown relative to global prices, […]

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Trading Risk: The North Korea Summit

Trading Risk: The North Korea Summit

The Situation   For the past several weeks, a proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to have been whimsically planned, cancelled, and re-planned. However, most recent developments suggest that the summit is confirmed and will go ahead as planned on June 12.   The North Korea summit saga, like other recent political issues such as tariff disputes, has […]

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Industry Spotlight: Salmon

Industry Spotlight: Salmon

From the tops of our bagels to the centerpieces of our Friday night dinners, one food has forced its way deep into our diets and is showing no signs of slowing down: salmon. As Americans’ waistlines continue to expand, doctors have pushed for fish (in place of meat), specifically salmon, to make up a greater part of the consumer’s daily diet. For this week’s industry […]

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Rapunzl Founder Speaks at Young Chicago Saves

Rapunzl Founder Speaks at Young Chicago Saves

First off, I just want to thank all of the schools that gave their students the opportunity to attend YCS this past Wednesday. We had an incredible time presenting to kids from all around Chicago and hey, I got to go on stage and talk to everyone!   So What is YCS?   For those who don’t know, YCS stands for Young Chicago Saves, an […]

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8 Facts You Need to Know About Guns

8 Facts You Need to Know About Guns

Guns are as American as apple pie. But unlike pie, they kill hundreds of innocent American children every year. When it comes to a subject that carries such morbidity and seriousness, being informed is essential. So this Thursday, instead of spotlighting an industry, we’re using our financial fluency tools to spotlight what matters when it comes to guns: the facts.   Most gun owners support […]

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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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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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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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Does the President Really Help the Economy?

Does the President Really Help the Economy?

For decades, economists have studied and debated how much, if any, impact the President actually has on the US economy. 2018’s first official GDP figures are set to be released later this week, and with the economy on strong footing, it is likely Donald Trump will offer his own answer to this question by taking credit for the country’s economic health. Public mindset often conflates […]

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