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Free Money   Leave a comment

free moneyLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/11/07/362060876/episode-581-free-money

Summary: This podcast discusses arbitrage (free money), using the example of used textbooks. Arbitrage (free money) is a risk-free way to buy low and sell high. You can find one thing that’s selling for two different prices, and exploit the mistake.

Original Air Date: November 7, 2014

Length: 14 minutes 29 seconds

Prompt: Imagine you find an opportunity like the one discussed in the podcast. Write an outline of how you would go about this discovery, and what your plan of action would be.

Discussion Question: A woman in the podcast said their practice was immoral. Do you agree or disagree? Is what these two men are doing wrong? Use economic thinking in your discussion.

What Could Slow U.S.’s Surging Oil Output? Low Prices.   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/what-could-slow-uss-surging-oil-output-low-prices

Summary: The oil the United States has been pumping has been getting less and less profitable. In North America, oil comes from fracking shale, and after the first initial output, oil companies have to drill deeper and deeper to get to the oil, causing it to be more expensive to access. However, the price of oil is dropping worldwide, and that could mean that the United States could be out of the oil industry, simply because it costs too much to produce.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes

Get Rich By Giving Up Lattes? Not So Fast   Leave a comment

US Barista Championship Held During Coffee Industry Expo In BostonLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/your-money/get-rich-giving-lattes-not-so-fast

Summary: There’s a theory in the personal finance industry known as the Latte Factor, which says give up the coffee drink and invest the money instead, and you’ll have enough to retire on. However, that theory doesn’t factor into the equation inflation and taxes, and is now being proven wrong.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 19 seconds

How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/10/01/130267274/the-friday-podcast-how-four-drinking-buddies-saved-brazil

Summary: Presentation of the origins of the introduction of the Brazilian Real in 1994.

Original air date: October 1, 2010

Length: 29:56

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