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LEVERAGE: The use of credit or loans to enhance speculation in the financial markets. Suppose, for example, that you take the $1,000 in your bank account to your stock broker and purchase $1,000 worth of stocks, bonds, or whatever. A leveraged purchase would let you use your $1,000 to buy, let's say, $10,000 worth of stocks or bonds. The remaining $9,000 of the purchase price comes from a loan.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 5: Cause and Effect Page: 18 of 20

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Economic analysis lets us examine market shocks in a systematic manner.
  • Many things affect the market. Prices and quantities can fall or raise for many different reasons.
  • Ceteris paribus lets us isolate particular changes in the demand and supply determinants to analyze how price and quantity are affected.
  • This market-shock analysis lets us isolate the basic cause and effect principles of economic science.

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LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY

A principle stating that as the quantity of a good consumed increases, eventually each additional unit of the good provides less additional utility--that is, marginal utility decreases. Each subsequent unit of a good is valued less than the previous one. The law of diminishing marginal utility helps to explain the negative slope of the demand curve and the law of demand.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time driving to a factory outlet looking to buy either a flower arrangement in a coffee cup for your father or a how-to book on meeting people. Be on the lookout for bottles of barbeque sauce that act TOO innocent.
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A thousand years before metal coins were developed, clay tablet "checks" were used as money by the Babylonians.
"It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world (that) the humblest man has not the faculties to surmount. "

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