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LIQUIDITY: The ease of converting an asset into money (either checking accounts or currency) in a timely fashion with little or no loss in value. Money is the standard for liquidity because it is, well, money and no conversion is needed. Other assets, both financial and physical have varying degrees of liquidity. Savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and money market accounts are highly liquid. Stocks, bonds, and are another step down in liquidity. While they can be "cashed in," price fluctuations, brokerage fees, and assorted transactions expenses tend to reduce their money value. Physical assets, like houses, cars, furniture, clothing, food, and the like have substantially less liquidity.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 5: Investment Page: 24 of 24

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  • Investment as the fundamental process of giving up current consumption to achieve greater productivity in the future.
  • How the tradeoff between consumption and capital is illustrated by a movement along the production possibilities curve.
  • How the sacrifice of more current consumption to produce more capital leads to a greater outward shift in the production possibilities curve.
  • The importance of economic growth resulting from investment in addressing the fundamental problem of scarcity.


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CONGLOMERATE MERGER

The consolidation of two or more separately-owned businesses, operating in separate industries, into a single firm. This is one of three types of mergers. The other two are horizontal merger--two competing firms in the same industry that sell the same products--and vertical merger--two firms in different stages of the production of one good, such that the output of one business is the input of the other.

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During the American Revolution, the price of corn rose 10,000 percent, the price of wheat 14,000 percent, the price of flour 15,000 percent, and the price of beef 33,000 percent.
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