The Back-to-School Refresher Course

As fall arrives, back-to-school time is inescapable. Whether you're helping your kids select colorful folders for their first day back, or being bombarded by ads for backpacks, clothes, and school supplies, there's no denying that summer's over.

In the spirit of going back to class, we've created a financial refresher course. Relax, there's no final exam -- we promise. Instead we've got a collection of articles to help educate, amuse, and enrich Fools like you. 

First, we'll explore the shopping trends of today's youth. Discover why American Eagle (NYSE: AEO  ) has continued to capture the teen market; follow the progression of cell phones, and see why companies like Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) launch products in sync with the school year. Discover why college students are flocking to Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) for textbooks and learn which games students want for their Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) Xbox 360s.

Next, dive into the world of personal finance. Our writers have submitted essays on subjects from financing your child's future to credit card savings tips for frugal students.

Did you make a dent in your summer reading list? If not, flip through our Foolish summaries on popular investing books. Wonder why Michael Moe bought into Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX  ) before it went on to become today's coffee watering hole? Curious about how Jim Casey started UPS (NYSE: UPS  ) from $100 in 1907? Read on.

Just before the bell rings, we'll move on to our Foolish Fundamentals. Can't remember how to value a company? What the heck are same-store sales? Maybe something lighter like the components of a balance sheet? Navigate through these fundamentals at your leisure.  

Class dismissed, Fools!

Lesson 1: Student Trends

Lesson 2: Personal Finance

Lesson 3: Foolish Book Reviews

Lesson 4: Foolish Fundamentals


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