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The Value of a Dollar

by James Tierney

People are always concerned about how ‘strong’ their currency is, and why not. The strength of their currency dictates how much they will be spending on goods and services. One thing to point out to students is that what really matters when it comes to currency is the purchasing power. This McDonalds commercial from the 2000s is a good introduction to what is meant by statements like “the dollar is weak” or “the dollar is falling.” Terms they are sure to hear in the news over their lifetimes.

McDonalds' Ad -- Value of a Dollar

McDonald's ran an ad in the 2000s where coworkers were discussing the value of a dollar.

from McDonald's Corporation Commercial (2007)
Creator: McDonald's Corporation
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by James Tierney
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