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DISCOUNT: In financial terms, a bond or similar financial asset that sells below its face value. Discounting is done to equalized the interest rate attached to a bond with comparable interest rates in the economy. For example, a $100,000 bond that pays a fixed 10 percent interest on the face value (that is, $10,000 annually) would be discounted to $83,333 if comparable interest rates were above 12 percent. As such, the $10,000 annual interest payment works out to be 12 percent of a $83,333 price.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 5: Issues Page: 14 of 16

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Policy perspectives are filled with differing politics and political philosophies.

Reasons for differing views of the 'best' economic policies:

  • First: Human beings are different, with different likes, dislikes, tastes, preferences, values, beliefs, ideologies and opinions. This is the source of differences on what is considered the 'best' for the economy.
  • Second: Human beings often have vested interests in the consequences of the policies. They personally benefit from a policy. While self-interest is okay, the question is whether self-interests of the few prevent greater welfare of the many.

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CORPORATE PROFITS

The total accounting profits received by corporations. Corporate profits are the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economics Analysis that measures profit earned by the household sector for supplying entrepreneurship services through corporations, and to some degree capital and land services, too. This is one of five official factor payments making up national income. The other four are compensation of employees, rental income of persons, net interest, and proprietors' income. Corporate profits the second largest factor payment category, usually coming in around 20 to 25 percent of national income.

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Okun's Law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.
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