At the crux of the complex study of economics lies an entity that all students are readily familiar with; money. Understanding how currency and its corollaries, banking and finance, function within an economy is at the heart of this book. The interconnected nature of these three sectors is highlighted throughout the separate chapters devoted to each individual topic. Interesting supplemental material found in sidebars and a glossary chock-full of key terms round out student learning. Coverage complements the social studies curriculum dealing with national and global economics.