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LAW OF DEMAND: The inverse relationship between demand price and the quantity demanded, ceteris paribus. This fundamental economic principle indicates that as the price of a commodity decreases, then the quantity of the commodity that buyers are able and willing to purchase in a given period of time, if other factors are held constant, increases. This law is incredibly important to the study of economics. If you compiled a top ten list of economically important laws, the law of demand would be right there at the top.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 3: The Fed Pyramid Page: 11 of 20

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  • The structure of the Fed, which is composed of: (a) Chairman of the Board of governors, (b) Board of Governors, (c) Federal Reserve Banks, (d) commercial banks, and (e) the non-bank public.
  • That the Board of Governors is the policy making body of the Fed, which sets the regulations, rules and policies affecting the money supply and the commercial banking system.
  • That the Fed is largely independent of the President and Congress.
  • The Federal Open Market Committee, which is responsible for monetary policy.
  • The Federal Advisory Council, which is totally advisory, does not set policy nor impose regulations.
  • That there are 37 Federal Reserve Banks responsible for implementing the policies and regulations of the Board of Governors.
  • Commercial banks that form the base of the Federal Reserve pyramid.

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COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY

An agency of the U.S. Federal government responsible for chartering national banks. In other words, anyone wanting to establish a bank with the word "national" in the title must gain permission from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The Comptroller is also responsible for regulating banks and might even assume control of a bank that is in serious trouble (that is, on the verge of failure). Although the term "currency" appears in the title, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is primarily a bank regulator and has almost nothing to do with the nation's "currency." The OCC was established in 1863 as a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is located in Washington, D.C.

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