Industry Spotlight: Recreational Marijuana

Industry Spotlight: Recreational Marijuana

Finding holes for new markets is a valuable space with high returns. The marijuana industry is looking prime for booming, so let’s use our financial fluency tools to look deeper at its market impact.   How did we get here? Marijuana’s usage in America dates back to the Native Americans, however, it only became controversial in 1860, when several states began signing the first regulations. […]

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Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

You may have read some of the headlines or seen the trending hashtag #FreeTheInternet. Everyone’s talking about net neutrality. It may be a hot topic, but few people actually understand the true consequences of the proposed regulation repeal. We must first understand what exactly net neutrality is if we are to use our financial fluency knowledge to understand what’s at stake.   What is net […]

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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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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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Why am I ever going to need to know this?

Why am I ever going to need to know this?

We all know the struggle of staring at busy work or painstakingly learning something with little idea for how to apply it in the real world. As a math major, I can remember countless proofs that I solely memorized, regurgitated, and immediately forgot after the test. But unlike memorizing poems or learning how to prove that there is an infinite number of prime numbers, learning […]

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Investing Your First Paycheck – Interview

Investing Your First Paycheck – Interview

A few days ago, we took the time to sit down with Simone Capers and talk to her about how we can plan for retirement and why it’s important to begin investing early; both of which are important pillars in achieving financial fluency. We wrote up the highlights of the conversation and included them below so that everyone can benefit and learn together.   Myles […]

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