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DISCOUNT: In financial terms, a bond or similar financial asset that sells below its face value. Discounting is done to equalized the interest rate attached to a bond with comparable interest rates in the economy. For example, a $100,000 bond that pays a fixed 10 percent interest on the face value (that is, $10,000 annually) would be discounted to $83,333 if comparable interest rates were above 12 percent. As such, the $10,000 annual interest payment works out to be 12 percent of a $83,333 price.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 1: Basic Flow Page: 1 of 22

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Economic activity can be separated according to the four basic macroeconomic sectors--household, business, government, and foreign. The circular flow model helps us analyze the interaction among these sectors.

The circular flow is a model of the continuous production and consumption interaction among the four major sectors (household, business, government, and foreign), that takes place through the three aggregated macroeconomic markets (product, factor and financial).

  • The circular flow is a simple model that helps us understand the complex real world economy.

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STABILIZATION POLICIES

Economic policies undertaken by governments to counteract business-cycle fluctuations and prevent high rates of unemployment and inflation. The two most common stabilization policies are fiscal and monetary. Stabilization policies are also termed countercyclical policies, meaning that they attempt to "counter" the natural ups and downs of business "cycles." Expansionary policies are appropriate to reduce unemployment during a contraction and contractionary policies are aimed at reducing inflation during an expansion.

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