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In a free market economy, the law of supply and demand dominates. But if the economy is in a downward spiral, could the government really save it?

By Josh Clark

Most of us have heard that we're not supposed to remove the tags from our mattresses or pillows because it violates some kind of law. But what's the real story?

By Katherine Neer

If squatters have taken over your property, keep your cool: They've got a lot more rights than you may realize. How do squatters operate, and how can you get them off your land?

By Josh Clark

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Socialism is more than just agrarian communes: It's a principle, lifestyle and economic system that aims toward cooperative, ideal societies. But does it work?

By Alia Hoyt

The essence of capitalism is economic freedom and the belief that widespread personal wealth will lead to societal well-being. But does anyone even practice true capitalism these days?

By Julia Layton

Someone offers you $20 -- but only if you agree to share it. Your friend has to accept your offer, or neither of you gets a dime. How generous will you be?

By Josh Clark

Day trading used to be pretty risky business, but now it's a lucrative business. You could earn millions if you know the market and make quick, well-informed choices.

By William Harris

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Some special interest groups exist solely to level negative attacks at political candidates. How do these groups work? And can they be stopped?

By Josh Clark

Corporations, businesses and even governments spend a lot of money to make themselves appear greener in the public eye. But when environmental claims are false or deceptive, it's considered greenwashing. How do you spot the six sins of greenwashing?

By Robert Lamb

Interest rates are simply the cost of borrowing money. But they also have a huge effect on the U.S. economy. So, who decides what the rates should be and why?

By Dave Roos

How can the government just take over and destroy property and buildings? And why do we let them? It's called eminent domain — and it's in the Constitution.

By Charles W. Bryant & John Donovan

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The Five Day Weekend began as a clever marketing campaign to drive tourism. But some people like the idea and want to make it a law.

By Josh Clark

Who are the homeless? What are the effects of homelessness on society at large? And what can we all do to help? These are a few questions explored in this article.

By Stephanie Watson

The 2020 presidential election is expected to be the most expensive ever, with President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden having raised $3.2 billion by October 2020. Where does this money come from, and where does it all go?

By Charles W. Bryant & Melanie Radzicki McManus

What do you pay for bottled water? A buck or two? How about $55? Bling h2o, deemed "designer water" by its founder, has become a new fashion accessory.

By John Fuller

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Some folks go to court about things that make most of us shake our heads. For example, consider the man who sued himself for $5 million. Can it get more outrageous?

By Clint Pumphrey

WPA projects spanned from New York to California, and many still exist today. Find out about 12 WPA projects that can still be found, including Doubleday Field and Camp David.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

America buys goods at a high rate, so it's no wonder the U.S. is considered 'the land of plenty.' Read about the daily U.S. consumption for 12 items, including denim jeans and movie tickets.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Some wealthy people do more with their money than just buy more things. Some people set up foundations to provide aid to notable causes. Learn who's funding 10 of the largest foundations in the world.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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Times have changed and so has the price of groceries. Gas was roughly 27 cents a gallon in 1957, so how much less did items cost at the grocery store? Check out this list of grocery store prices for 14 items in 1957, including ground beef, butter, and mil

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The government's Alphabet Agencies were created during the Great Depression to relieve the economic tensions. Learn about these Alphabet Agencies, including the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Freegans live off the grid, refusing to buy, work or rent. How do they do it? Dumpster diving. Why do they do it? That's a little more complicated.

By Sarah Dowdey

The NASDAQ display in NYC's Times Square is impossible to miss. It's the largest continuous sign on the square and takes up almost 9,000 square feet of display space -- about a quarter of an acre.

By Marshall Brain

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Find out what a NASDAQ IPO is and see cool videos from a recent HowStuffWorks trip to this Wall Street wonder.

By Marshall Brain

The NASDAQ stock exchange, also known simply as the NASDAQ, is the place where people go to buy and sell shares of stock. How does this bustling business center work?

By Marshall Brain