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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 18: Banking | Unit 5: The Economy Page: 22 of 24

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Banks have two beneficial roles in the economy.

First: As financial intermediaries, banks match up savers and borrowers.

  • They are an effective means of diverting household income into investment expenditures for capital goods.
  • They are a vital link between the real and financial sides of the economy.

Second: As depository institutions, banks supervise a share of the nation's M1 money supply.

  • They have a big responsibility because money is critical to a complex, market-oriented economy.

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