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HOLDING COMPANY: A company (usually a corporation) that owns enough stock in another corporation to exercise virtually complete control over its management. Holding companies often own controlling interest in several diverse corporations, allowing it to engage in diverse activities (some of which might be risky) while limiting its liability should problems arise. While holding companies exist in most types of industries, then tend to be quite popular in banking. Through a holding company, a bank can essentially take part in other financial markets (selling insurance, underwriting securities, or acting as a broker) that are beyond the legal authority of the bank itself.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 1: Instability Page: 1 of 26

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It's a fact of life that the economy is unstable. Like a roller coaster rises and falls, the economy expands and contracts.
  • The economy goes up and down, twisting and turning along the way.
  • In general, we prefer the good that comes with a rising, expanding economy and don't like the bad that comes with a falling, contracting one.
  • The fluctuations in the economy never stop.
  • It is difficult for the economy to run full speed at all times.
  • Economic fluctuations go by the term business cycles.

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SELF CORRECTION, MARKET

The automatic process in which markets adjust from disequilibrium to equilibrium. With this self-correction process, the market price either increases or decreases in response to a shortage or a surplus to restore the balance between quantity demanded and quantity supplied. This process works automatically to achieve equilibrium without the need for outside intervention, such as government regulation.

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