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YTM: The common abbreviation for yield to maturity, which is the annual rate of return on a financial asset that is held until maturity. Yield to maturity depends on both the coupon rate and the face or par value paid at maturity. If the selling price of a financial asset is equal to its par value, then the yield to maturity is equal to the current yield and the coupon rate. However, if the asset is selling at a discount, then the yield to maturity exceeds the current yield, which is greater than the coupon rate. And if the asset is selling at a premium, then the yield to maturity is less than the current yield, which is below than the coupon rate.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 4: Goals Page: 12 of 18

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Pursuing one goal is usually at the expense of another, we have tradeoffs.

Three reasons for tradeoffs:

  • First, resources used to pursue one goal cannot be used to pursue another.
  • Second, actions that move us toward one goal can move us away from another.
  • Third, pursuing a goal may be good for some, but bad for others.
A thought:
  • Economists are inclined to stress efficiency more than others--but efficiency is only one of several goals.

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VARIABLE INPUT

An input whose quantity can be changed in the time period under consideration. The most common example of a variable input is labor. Variable inputs provide the means used by a firm to control short-run production. The alternative to variable input is fixed input. A fixed input, like capital, provides the capacity constraint in production. As larger quantities of a variable input, like labor, are added to a fixed input like capital, the variable input becomes less productive, which is the law of diminishing marginal returns.

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