In the beginning was barter.
Metal becomes the standard.
The origins of paper money is china.
measuring economic health
new factory order
CPI(consumer price index)
Stocks are prices of the corporate pie.
When you buy stocks, or shares, you own a slice of the company.
[common stock] [preferred stock] Dividend payment has priority over common stock.
Dividend don’t increase if company prosper.
42% of adult Americans own stocks.
The stock market
NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ
Bonds are loans that investors make to corporations and governments.
The lenders earn interest, and the borrowers get the each they need.
Green and other conscience funds
Future and option
Future and option are complex and volatile but also useful investment.
Hedge and speculator, they perform the important function of stabilizing price.