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National Standards in Economics

Name: Interest Rates

Standard: 12

  • Students will understand that: Interest rates, adjusted for inflation, rise and fall to balance the amount saved with the amount borrowed, which affects the allocation of scarce resources between present and future uses.
  • Students will be able to use this knowledge to: Explain situations in which they pay or receive interest, and explain how they would react to changes in interest rates if they were making or receiving interest payments.

National Standards in Financial Literacy

Name: Investing

Standard: 4

  • Students will understand that: People can choose to invest some of their money in financial assets to achieve long-term financial goals, such as buying a house, funding future education, or securing retirement income. Investors receive a return on their investment in the form of income and/or growth in value of their investment over time. People can more easily achieve their financial goals by investing steadily over many years, reinvesting dividends, and capital gains to compound their returns. Investors have many choices of investments that differ in expected rates of return and risk. Riskier investments tend to earn higher long-run rates of return than lower-risk investments. Investors select investments that are consistent with their risk tolerance, and they diversify across a number of different investment choices to reduce investment risk.

State Standards

Common Core State Standards


Standard: High School: Algebra

Area: High School: Algebra

  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships.

Name: MP1

Standard: Standards for Mathematical Practice

Area: Standards for Mathematical Practice

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Name: MP4

Standard: Standards for Mathematical Practice

Area: Standards for Mathematical Practice

  • Model with mathematics.