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FDI: The abbreviation for Foreign Direct Investment, this is the acquisition of controlling interest in foreign firms and businesses from one country in another country. FDI can also take the form of constructing factories, structures and equipment (or any form of physical capital) in foreign soil. FDI does not include foreign investment into the stock markets (portfolio investment). Most economists consider foreign direct investment more useful than portfolio investment since this last one is generally regarded as temporal and can leave the foreign country at the first sign of trouble. FDI on the other hand, is considered more durable and with larger economic (potential) benefits.

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Lesson 19: Money Creation | Unit 5: Policy Page: 20 of 23

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Controlling the money creation process is the key to understanding the role that money plays in the economy.

In the old days:

  • Money was issued by government. With print and mint they had complete control over the quantity of money.
In the modern economy:
  • Checkable deposits are directly under the control of commercial banks. Government must control banks to control money.
Some history:
  • In the late 1800s, banks ran amuck, creating money as they saw fit. The economy experienced perpetual turmoil.
  • In the 1970s and 1980s, S&Ls had instability problems.
  • Since the mid 1980's, money creation has been under control. The economy has been strong and growing.

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BANKING

An industry containing depository institutions that provide financial intermediary services and safekeeping of checkable deposits that make up an important portion of the economy's money supply. These depository institutions--including traditional commercial banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, and mutual savings banks--pursue financial intermediation and deposit safekeeping through fractional-reserve banking. Banking is regulated by the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Comptroller of the Currency, among a host of other federal and state regulators.

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