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LIQUIDITY: The ease of converting an asset into money (either checking accounts or currency) in a timely fashion with little or no loss in value. Money is the standard for liquidity because it is, well, money and no conversion is needed. Other assets, both financial and physical have varying degrees of liquidity. Savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and money market accounts are highly liquid. Stocks, bonds, and are another step down in liquidity. While they can be "cashed in," price fluctuations, brokerage fees, and assorted transactions expenses tend to reduce their money value. Physical assets, like houses, cars, furniture, clothing, food, and the like have substantially less liquidity.

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Lesson 15: Aggregate Market | Unit 4: Self Correction Page: 17 of 22

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The aggregate market can automatically reach long-run equilibrium by closing a recessionary gap.

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  • Short-run equilibrium is at the intersection of the AD and the SRAS (SRo) curves.
  • The initial short-run price level is Po, and real production is Qo.
  • Short-run equilibrium is to the left of the full employment production, Qf.
  • We have a recessionary gap.
  • As wages fall, production cost decreases which increases short-run aggregate supply.
  • The SRAS curves shift to reach the full employment level at the intersection of the LRAS and AD curves.

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MONEY FUNCTIONS

Any item used as money in an economy automatically takes on four basic functions: (1) medium of exchange, (2) unit of account, (3) store of value, and (4) standard of deferred payment. While "buying and selling" means that money is THE medium of exchange, and by far THE most important function of money, money also performs unit of account, store of value, and standard of deferred payment functions.

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The earliest known use of paper currency was about 1270 in China during the rule of Kubla Khan.
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