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Photo of a Teacher holding an apple Special Topic
Atlanta Fed announces winners of Lesson Plan of the Year contest
Five lessons plans were the winning entries in the Atlanta Fed's annual contest challenging middle and high school teachers in the Southeast to develop classroom activities using Federal Reserve materials.
 
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Globalization: The trade-offs of free trade
In a global trading environment, some industries and their workers suffer when their jobs move abroad. But economies benefit overall from free trade, which allows countries to specialize in goods and services in which they have a comparative advantage.
 
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The changing nature of payments
Although Americans still wrote 33 billion checks in 2006, check usage is declining, giving way to electronic payment methods such as debit and credit cards and automated clearinghouse transactions.