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LOAN LOSS RESERVES: A special account set aside by banks acting as a buffer between deposits and net worth that's used in case a loan is not repaid. Without this reserve, an unpaid loan on the asset side of a bank's balance sheet would require an adjustment of deposits or net worth on the liability side. The loan loss reserve is used for this adjustment.

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Lesson 13: Aggregate Demand | Unit 5: Policies Plus Page: 22 of 22

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  • How shifts in the aggregate demand curve are a source of macroeconomic (business cycle) instability.
  • The two basic types of macroeconomic problems associated with business cycles, recessions (with unemployment) and booming expansions (with inflation).
  • Controlling aggregate demand instability through demand-management policies, including fiscal and monetary policies.
  • Fiscal policy that affects aggregate spending directly through government purchases and indirectly through taxes.
  • Monetary policy that affects aggregate spending indirectly interest rates.

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Four economic statistics that tend to move up or down along WITH business-cycle expansions and contractions. Most importantly, these measures indicate peak and trough turning points when they actually occur. Coincident economic indicators are one of three groups of economic measures used to track business-cycle activity. The other two are leading economic indicators and lagging economic indicators.

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