13Tapping into the Financial Marketplace

Nearly everything in life is bought, sold, or financed through the capital markets, which makes it possible for us to have homes and community services, own vehicles that we drive on public highways, and enjoy the clothing and the other personal products and services we all use in our daily lives. These goods and services (and public services) are produced by corporations and/or public organizations with corporate and public financing that is taken for granted by most consumers who are unaware of all the transactions that occur each day in the bustling capital markets. By the time the goods and services reach the consumer marketplace, people simply choose to pay cash, write a check, present a debit card, ...

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