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BOND RATING: A measure of the ability of a firm to meet its debt obligations or credit worthiness. Basically, a bond rating summarizes the assessment of a firm's net worth, cash flow and viability of projects so that investors can assign the size of the default-risk premium to the bond. These measurements are so important that investors frequently pay professional analysts to collect, monitor and process information about firms. Standard and Poor's Corporation and Moody's Investors Service are two of the most respected bond rating agencies.

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Lesson 19: Money Creation | Unit 1: A Little Magic Page: 4 of 23

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  • That money is currency and checkable deposits, that currency is issued by the federal government, and that checkable deposits, 60% of M1, is issued by commercial banks
  • That money is essential to our economy as a medium of exchange, that banks are perpetually balancing assets between profit-seeking loans and deposit-protecting reserves, and that banks are heavily regulated by the government.
  • That the mystical source of magic is fractional-reserve banking. And that banks can create money by merely adding it to our checking accounts.
  • Banks do part of the money 'printing' or creation function historically performed by governments.

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THRIFT INSTITUTIONS ADVISORY COUNCIL

A support committee of the Federal Reserve System that provides advice and input to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors on matters dealing with thrift institutions (savings and loan associations, credit unions, and mutual savings banks). The Thrift Institutions Advisory Council (TIAC) is comprised of 12 members, each serving for 2 years, who represent the interests of savings and loan associations, credit unions, and mutual savings banks. The TIAC is one of three Federal Reserve Board advisory committees. The other two are Federal Advisory Council and Consumer Advisory Council.

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