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DISTRIBUTED CORPORATE PROFITS: More commonly termed dividends, this is the portion of a corporation's after-tax accounting profit that's paid to shareholders or owners. Corporate managers usually try to pay the shareholders some minimum dividend that's comparable to returns from other financial markets--such as the interest on government securities or corporate bonds--to keep the owners from selling off the company's stock. That portion of after-tax accounting profit that's not paid out as dividends is typically invested in capital.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 4: Double Shifts Page: 13 of 20

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Market equilibrium is disrupted if both the demand (higher income) and supply (technological breakthrough) curves shift.
  • An increase in demand creates a shortage. Price and quantity tend to increase.
  • An increase supply creates a surplus. Price declines and quantity increases.
  • The combined effect is an obvious increase in quantity but a questionable change in price.
  • At the new equilibrium the price is indeterminant.
  • If demand shifts relatively more than supply, price is higher.
  • If demand shifts relatively less than supply, price is lower.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR URBAN WAGE EARNERS AND CLERICAL WORKERS

An index of prices of goods and services typically purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers. This carries the official abbreviation CPI-W to distinguish it from its more famous sister index CPI-U, which is the standard Consumer Price Index for All Urban Workers, (commonly abbreviated simply as CPI). Like the standard CPI, the CPI-W is compiled and published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), using price data obtained from an elaborate survey of 25,000 retail outlets and quantity data generated by the Consumer Expenditures Survey.

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