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ANTITRUST: The generally process of preventing monopoly practices or breaking up monopolies that restrict competition. The term antitrust derives from the common use of the trust organizational structure in the late 1800s and early 1900s to monopolize markets. The most noted example of the use of a monopoly trust was the Standard Oil Trust, controlled by J. D. Rockefeller and dismantled through the Sherman Act in 1911. The creation of similar monopoly trusts led to the several antitrust laws, including the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 4: Regulating Banks Page: 19 of 24

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Several institutions which regulate banks.

The main players:

  • Federal Reserve System (Fed): They have primary responsibility of the nation's money supply by controlling banking reserves.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): Their mission is to insure bank deposits. If a bank can't satisfy customer withdrawals the FDIC pays off the customers.
  • Comptroller of the Currency: They charter national banks, they decide which ones qualify for a national charter.

Other regulatory agencies:

  • State banking regulatory agencies.

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INTEREST RATES, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate expenditures determinants assumed constant when the aggregate expenditures line is constructed, and that shifts the aggregate expenditures line when it changes. A decrease in interest rates cause an increase (upward shift) of the aggregate expenditures line. An increase in interest rates cause a decrease (downward shift) of the aggregate expenditures line. Other notable aggregate expenditures determinants include consumer confidence, federal deficit, inflationary expectations, and exchange rates.

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