Economics and Investing:

Zika, ZIRP, and NIRP Viruses “What if we think of ZIRP as a financial virus, created and distributed by the central banks, that infects pools of savings?”

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Global Liquidity Collapses To 2008 Crisis Levels

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Items from Professor Preponomics:

US News

EPA Spends $295,507 to Track Energy and Water Use of Office Workers (Washington Free Beacon)

Hillary’s Federal Education Jackboot Squad (National Review)

Obama’s Transportation Budget is DOA (Government Waste Fraud and Abuse)

Taxpayers Can’t Afford to Keep Paying for Lost Gas (Taxpayers for Common Sense)

International News

Time to Ditch Retirement? Global Leaders Confront an Aging Population (The Fiscal Times) Commentary: Although this article focuses on changing norms,, which are an important part of the overall picture, much less attention is paid to the “expense” of longer, healthier lives beyond a stream of income.

IMF: Demographic Catastophe Undermines World’s Economy (The Strategist) Commentary: Demographics have extraordinary implications for economic conditions around the globe including resource allocation, which is central to the study of economics.

Animation: Japan’s Aging Population (Visual Capitalist) Excerpt: “In the background, and even more important, is Japan’s lingering demographic crisis. The country’s population is projected to fall from 127 million to 87 million by 2060, at which point more than 40% of the population will be older than 65.”

Personal Economics and Household Finance

Economics in a Box: A 16-Week Economics Course (Economics in a Box) Although I have not had the opportunity to review the product content, this program is intriguing. For all homeschooling families, I highly recommend a significant emphasis on economics across all ages, and I encourage you to explore this program in addition to others that may be of interest in your lesson planning. The Cato Institute also offers a brief commentary on one of the titles included in the core reading materials: Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem by Jay W. Richards

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