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DEPOSIT MULTIPLIER: The magnified change in checkable deposits resulting from a change in bank reserves. The simple deposit multiplier is the inverse of the required-reserves ratio. If banks keep 10 percent of their deposits in reserves, then the deposit multiplier is the inverse of 10 percent, or 10.

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Competition (especially our fourth rule of competition) brings out the best among buyers and sellers, that is, efficient use of resources.
  • Competition among sellers forces them to supply the most wanted products at the lowest resource cost.
  • Competition among buyers forces them to spend their limited incomes on the most satisfying goods.
  • Less competition among sellers than among buyers lets the sellers charge higher prices.
  • Less competition among buyers than among sellers lets the buyers pay lower prices.

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OPEN MARKET OPERATIONS

The buying and selling of U.S. Treasury securities by the Federal Reserve System (the Fed) as a means of a controlling the money supply. An increase in the money supply is achieved when the Fed buys securities. A decrease in the money supply is achieved when the Fed sells securities. The Federal Open Market Committee is the specific component of the Federal Reserve System that is charged with open market operations. Open market operations are the most important of the three monetary policy tools that the Fed can use, in principle, to control the money supply. The other two are the discount rate and reserve requirements.

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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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