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RESERVE RATIO: The amount of reserves required by the Federal Reserve System as a ratio of the amount deposits backed by the reserves. Modern reserve ratios are in the range of 1-3% for checkable deposits. The reserve ratio plays a key role in the deposit multiplier. The simple deposit multiplier is simply the inverse of the reserve ratio. If the reserve ratio is 5%, then the deposit multiplier is 20. It's just that simple.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 1: Basic Flow Page: 6 of 22

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  • The circular flow model, which is 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 basic role of the sectors--household, business, government and foreign--of the economy.
  • The three aggregated markets: (a) Product markets: All markets in the economy that exchange final goods and services. (b) Factor markets: All markets that exchanges the services of the economy's labor resources. (c) Financial markets: All markets that trade financial instruments.
  • The physical flow, which is the counter-clockwise flow of resources from the household to the business sector and of production from the business to the household sector.
  • The payment flow, which is the clockwise flow of payment for resources purchased by the business from the household sector and of payment for production purchased by the household to the business sector.
  • The continuous circular flow of payments: GDP used for factor payments, which becomes national income, which is used for consumption to buy GDP.

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PRICE STABILITY

The condition in which the average price level in the economy changes very slowly, if at all. This is a key part of the macroeconomic goal of stability. Price stability is commonly indicated by the inflation rate, calculated as percentage change in either the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or the GDP price deflator. Price stability is generally achieved by the ABSENCE of large or rapid increases or decreases in the price level.

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