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AE LINE: Another term for aggregate expenditure line, which is a line representing the relation between aggregate expenditures and gross domestic product used in the Keynesian cross. The aggregate expenditure line is obtained by adding investment expenditures, government purchases, and net exports to the consumption line. As such, the slope of the aggregate expenditure line is largely based on the slope of the consumption line (which is the marginal propensity to consume), with adjustments coming from the marginal propensity to invest, the marginal propensity for government purchases, and the marginal propensity to import. The intersection of the aggregate expenditures line and the 45-degree line identifies the equilibrium level of output in the Keynesian cross.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 3: The Fed Pyramid Page: 8 of 20

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The 7-member Board of Governors is the policy making body of the Fed.

The Board of Governors:

  • The Board sets the regulations, rules and policies affecting the money supply and the commercial banking system.
  • Each member of the Board is appointed by the President and approved by the Senate to a 14-year term, with terms staggered every two years.
  • The system is designed to keep the Board non-political: the Board is NOT supposed to be working for the President.
  • The Fed is relatively independent of Congress, too.

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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, AGGREGATE DEMAND DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate demand determinants assumed constant when the aggregate demand curve is constructed, and which shifts the aggregate demand curve when it changes. An increase in consumer confidence causes an increase (rightward shift) of the aggregate demand curve. A decrease in consumer confidence causes a decrease (leftward shift) of the aggregate demand curve. Other notable aggregate demand determinants include interest rates, federal deficit, inflationary expectations, and the money supply.

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Junk bonds are so called because they have a better than 50% chance of default, carrying a Standard & Poor's rating of CC or lower.
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