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A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

The creation of America's central bank includes a bunch of bankers locked in a private library and a secret trip to a place called Jekyll Island.

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In A City With Terrible Traffic, A Gridlock Economy Emerges

There is a whole world of commerce inside a traffic jam in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and the shrewdest businessmen are the teenage boys.

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The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

The Beige Book — a big, official report — is mostly a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country.

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What Actually Happens At The End Of 'Trading Places'?

A definitive answer to one of the most important questions in the history of finance.

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In A Single ATM, The Story Of A Nation's Economy

In Myanmar — a country that's been cut off from the world for decades — it's still a surprise when money pops out of the ATM. That may soon change.

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The Trick To Selling Fancy Wine From New Jersey: Don't Say It's From New Jersey

Instead, say it's from the "Outer Coastal Plain." (It's part of a plan to kick the state's reputation for making cheap wine.)

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