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LAW OF SUPPLY: The direct relationship between supply price and the quantity supplied, ceteris paribus. This fundamental economic principle indicates that as the price of a commodity increases, then the quantity of the commodity that sellers are able and willing to sell in a given period of time, if other factors are held constant, also increases. This law, while not quite as iron-clad as the law of demand, is quite important to the study of markets.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 4: Monetary Policy Page: 14 of 20

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Open market operations are the most important tool of monetary policy.
  • The Federal government budget deficit is financed by issuing or selling U.S. Treasury Securities, which are traded through the open market.
  • Banks, corporations, government agencies, pension funds and regular people are the buyers and sellers in this 'open market' for Treasury Securities.
  • Treasury Securities are low risk investments.

Two major players in the open market:

  • Commercial Banks: They use secure investments to ensure bank stability.
  • Federal Reserve: They buy and sell treasury securities with the expressed goal of manipulating bank reserves and the money supply.

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UNEMPLOYMENT, PRODUCTION POSSIBILITIES

Unemployment is the condition that exists when some available resources are NOT engaged in the production of goods and services. In other words, some resources that could be used for production are not being used. This is indicated in production possibilities analysis by producing a combination of goods that places the economy inside the production possibilities curve.

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Paper money used by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prior to the U.S. Revolutionary War, which was issued against the dictates of Britain, was designed by patriot and silversmith, Paul Revere.
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