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ZERO-SUM GAME: A situation in which a fixed amount is divided up among the winners and losers. In a zero-sum game the wins equal the losses. Many stock market, or financial market, exchanges are zero-sum. One person buys low and sells high, while another buys high and sells low. The wealth in such transactions are merely transferred from one person to another. "Productive" market transactions, in contrast, are not zero-sum. The act of producing goods and services from resources that are consumed to satisfy wants and needs results in a net gain to society.

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Lesson 17: Money | Unit 3: Monetary Aggregates Page: 12 of 25

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M2 is a broader measure of money that includes M1 plus what we can call near money.
  • We have over four trillion dollars of M2 in total.
  • Total M2 averaged over 270 million people is about $15,000 per person.

Near monies:

  • These are temporary savings, a pool of funds that can be accessed quickly and easily.
  • These funds are very liquid, but not perfectly liquid as M1.
  • Some people, specially economists, argue that M2 is the best indicator of our total supply of 'money.'

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MARKET EQUILIBRIUM, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS

An analysis of market equilibrium using a table of numbers that combines a demand schedule and a supply schedule. A numerical analysis of the market is used to ascertain information such as market equilibrium, equilibrium price, equilibrium quantity, shortage, and surplus. This is one of two basic methods of analyzing market equilibrium. The other is a graphical analysis using demand and supply curves.

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