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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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A circular flow model of the macroeconomy containing four sectors (business, household, government, and foreign) and three markets (product, factor, and financial) that illustrates the continuous movement of the payments for goods and services between producers and consumers, with particular emphasis on exports and imports. Other circular models are two-sector, two-market circular flow; two-sector, three-market circular flow; and three-sector, three-market circular flow.

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