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Where did money come from?

The theory that money emerged naturally encourages people to believe free markets are natural systems in which governments only interfere. But this thinking is flawed.
Visa and Mastercard both recently agreed to remove their no-surcharge rule, leaving businesses free to pass these fees along to customers. (Shutterstock)

How Canada’s new credit card surcharge will affect consumers and businesses

Businesses can now pass credit card surcharge fees along to their customers. To help businesses predict how consumers will react to credit card surcharges, behavioural economics offers some answers.
Cash is pretty convenient. Dilok Klaisataporn/EyeEm via Getty Images

Why does money exist?

Paying for the stuff you want with currency is way easier than relying on chairs you made or chickens you raised.
Keeping what is not rightfully one’s own reveals a lack of integrity and kindness. Mohammed Asad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

What are the ethics of giving back money that doesn’t belong to you?

Charles Schwab mistakenly transferred over $1.2 million to the account of a woman who then kept the money. Did she have a moral obligation to return it? An expert says the answer is not that simple.

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