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McDonald's is one of the world’s largest restaurant chains and a fast food favorite among many teenagers. But what if you were thinking about McDonald's for more than a quick bite to eat? Imagine that you had some money to spend and were thinking of investing in a business. Would McDonald's be a smart choice, and how would you know? Is there a data display that could help you to figure this out?

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Investors buy stocks of various companies and strive to increase their money by investing in businesses that are profitable. One way they can figure this out is by looking at a company’s dividends. A dividend is the percent of a company’s profits that is paid out directly to investors.

If you were thinking of putting your money into McDonald's, you would want to know whether it would be a smart investment. Would you make money? One way to determine the answer would be to consider a bar graph like the one below, which shows how McDonald's dividends paid out to investors have changed over time.

Looking at this bar graph, you can see that the dividend percentages paid to investors have continued to increase from 2001 to 2010. A bar graph is a great choice for displaying this data because it clearly shows how the data has changed over time. Visually, it is easy to read, and from the data you can see that investing in McDonald's would most likely be a very good choice!

Take a look for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-oljATC7zQ

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Below are some websites where you can learn more about investing.

http://themint.org/kids/investing.html

http://www.401kidz.com/investment/typesofinv.asp

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