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HEDGE: A method of protecting against financial (or other types) of loss by counterbalancing an action. This is commonly seen in the financial markets when investors buy options or futures contracts to protect themselves against price changes. A hedge is essentially a form of insurance. An investor hopes the price of a financial asset doesn't fall, but buying a futures or options contract can reduce the loss if this occurs.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 2: Banking Details Page: 7 of 24

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A third type is a credit union.

History:

  • The first credit union was created in 1909.
  • Experienced tremendous growth after WWII.
  • Primary regulator is the National Credit Union Association (NCUA).
  • Created for reasons similar to labor unions.

Credit unions:

  • Relatively small, non-profit entities, associated with a particular business or group with something in common.
  • Pool savings and make personal loans to members.

Evolution:

  • Originally offered limited banking services.
  • Began offering checking accounts in the 70's, which gave them control over part of the M1 money supply.

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BANK PANIC

An economy-wide problem in the financial sector and the banking industry that triggers an economy-wide business-cycle contraction or even depression. Bank panics were common throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, during which time they where the primary cause of business-cycle downturns. Bank panics usually involved bank runs that spread from bank to bank throughout the economy.

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