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The State Farm Financial Literacy Lab (SFFLL) provides students, faculty, and the South Florida community with unparalleled educational and technological resources relating to finance. By utilizing the most current financial research platforms available, students are given an opportunity to supplement academic theory with the real world analytical tools used by leading financial institutions. Visit us at http://business.fiu.edu/sffll/.

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 11-15, 2011

U.S. Approaching Borrowing Limit
The U.S. Treasury Department stated May 16th as the forecasted date when the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit will be reached. As of late, Congress has come under scrutiny and increased pressure …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, March 28 – April 1, 2011

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, March 28 – April 1, 2011

U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Increase/Unemployment Slightly Drops
March U.S. non-farm payrolls rose by 216,000 compared to a 194,000 gain in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. This comes after projections from economists of a 190,000 median …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 28 – March 4, 2011

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 28 – March 4, 2011

Friday Jobs Report Shows Drop in Unemployment
The official unemployment rate in the US decreased to 8.9% Friday with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that employers added 192,000 jobs in February. This pick up in …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 21-25, 2011

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 21-25, 2011

F.C.I.C. Road to Justice Spoiled
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was created in the wake of a harsh crisis that occurred in 2007 & 2008. This ten-member commission, appointed by the United States government, is responsible …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 14-18, 2011

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 14-18, 2011

Obama’s New Budget
The road to recovery out of the recent recession has been tough and filled with mixed feelings on the future. Many initiatives have come to fruition since the credit crunch of 2008. Financial …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 7-11, 2011

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, February 7-11, 2011

Pandora Files with SEC for IPO
On 11 February 2011, Pandora Media Inc. officially filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities Exchange Commission. The investment banks underwriting the shares are Morgan Stanley and …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, January 31-February 4, 2011

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, January 31-February 4, 2011

AOL Inc. Purchases Huffington Post at 10x EBITDA
AOL Inc. announced on Monday morning that it will acquire liberal newspaper giant The Huffington Post for $315 million, at a cost of over half of the firm’s …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, December 6-10, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, December 6-10, 2010

China’s prospective monetary policy on 2011
Over the last couple of months, China has been under pressure from the United States to revaluate its renminbi. The US claims that China is trying to sustain its trade …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 29-December 3, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 29-December 3, 2010

PepsiCo’s New Acquisition
PepsiCo Inc CEO Indra Nooyi has retaken the lead in the juice and dairy industry in Russia from Coca-Cola by acquiring controlling stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Dairy & Juice Co. for $3.8 billion. Sixty …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 22–24, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 22–24, 2010

Europe to Set Bailout Rules
Europe sealed a €67.5 billion bailout of Ireland on Sunday. The Irish bailout, equivalent to about $90 billion, is intended as a signal that the euro zone will come to the …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 15–19, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 15–19, 2010

GM IPOs Two Years After Receiving Bailout
After 2 years of receiving the $49.5 billion bailout by the U.S Government to avoid bankruptcy, General Motors (GM) is once again publicly traded on the New York Stock …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 8-12, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, November 8-12, 2010

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Asset Purchase Plan
The Federal Reserve is planning to purchase more Treasury bonds and has incited critics over inevitable high inflation as well as financial turmoil. The Fed’s $600 billion program …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, October 25–29, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, October 25–29, 2010

Bernanke Asset Purchases Risk Unleashing 1970s Inflation Genie
Fed Gears Up for Stimulus
For the second time since he became chairman in 2006, Ben S. Bernanke is leading the Federal Reserve into uncharted monetary territory.
The Federal Reserve …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, October 18–22, 2010

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, October 18–22, 2010

New York Fed in Support of Mortgage Buybacks
Some of the nation’s leading banks have come under fire recently on two fronts related to misreporting on foreclosures and poor underwriting standards for mortgages. Bank of America, …