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SAVING-INVESTMENT MODEL: A model used to identify equilibrium in Keynesian economics based on injections (investment, I) and leakages (saving, S) for the two basic sectors (household and business). Equilibrium is achieved at the intersection of the saving line, S, and the investment line, I.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 3: Business Cycles Page: 8 of 16

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The macroeconomy is unstable. It has periods of falling production, rising inflation, and/or high unemployment.

Business cycles are recurring expansions and contractions of the aggregate economy.

  • Expansion is a general period of increasing economic activity, or rising production, which is associated with low or falling unemployment and high or rising inflation.
  • Contraction is a general period of decreasing economic activity, or falling production, which is associated with high or rising unemployment and low or falling inflation.
Counter-cyclical policies to stabilize the business cycle:
  • During an expansion, try to cause a contraction.
  • During a contraction, try to cause an expansion.

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COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY

An agency of the U.S. Federal government responsible for chartering national banks. In other words, anyone wanting to establish a bank with the word "national" in the title must gain permission from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The Comptroller is also responsible for regulating banks and might even assume control of a bank that is in serious trouble (that is, on the verge of failure). Although the term "currency" appears in the title, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is primarily a bank regulator and has almost nothing to do with the nation's "currency." The OCC was established in 1863 as a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is located in Washington, D.C.

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There were no banks in colonial America before the U.S. Revolutionary War. Anyone seeking a loan did so from another individual.
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