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If all the money in the U.S. only totals $6 trillion how can the New York Stock Exchange have stocks valued at $15 trillion?

Ever wondered why the stock exchange is valued at 15 trillion dollars, while the amount of money in the U.S. is only 6 trillion? Learn why the stock exchange can be valued higher than a nation's total financial value.


The Two Basic Steps to Put Your Own Face on U.S. Money

Only a very few people have ever had their faces on American money. Can you do it? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article and Brainstuff video. See more »

Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill

Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman will replace U.S. president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

U.S. Coins Display No Numerical Values — Not Even the Government Knows Why

American coins don't have numbers on them indicating how much they're worth. So what's the story? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

How much money do people accidentally throw away every year?

Accidentally throwing away money is more common than you might think. Find out how much money people accidentally throw away every year. See more »

How Bitcoin Works

Digital currency could shape all future commerce. Find out about how bitcoins are paving the way for virtual money. See more »

Why would the U.S. mint a trillion-dollar coin?

Why would the U.S. mint a trillion dollar coin? Keep reading to learn more about why the U.S. would mint a trillion dollar coin. See more »

What would a moneyless world look like?

A moneyless world is theoretically possible. What would it take to make a moneyless world feasible? Learn about a moneyless world. See more »

How much actual money is there in the world?

Exactly how much money is there in the world? Learn how some have counted the amount of money that exists and why it's such a difficult task. See more »

Why are the penny and the nickel the only U.S. coins with images that don't face left?

The coin images on a penny and nickel face a different direction than other U.S. coins, but why? Learn about coin images and coin faces in this article. See more »

Can I really trade my dollars in for gold bullion?

The gold standard was a system where every dollar was backed by an equivalent amount of gold. Find out how the gold standard was used in the U.S. See more »