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FEDERAL RESERVE PYRAMID: A simple little diagram that depicts the structure of the Federal Reserve System, which is in the shape of triangle (hence the not totally accurate term "pyramid"), with a large base that comes to a peak. The base of the pyramid contains thousands of commercial banks, which rests on a foundation of the millions of people who make up the nonbank public. The middle of the pyramid includes 37 Federal Reserve Banks, including 12 District Banks and 25 Branch Banks. Resting at the top of the pyramid is the Board of Governors, with the Chairman at the very, very top. The top also has two notable offshoots -- the Federal Open Market Committee and the Federal Advisory Council.

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GDP DEFLATOR: A price index based on the calculation of real gross domestic product that's used as an indicator of average prices in the economy. Those loveable economists who spend their days and nights compiling and estimating the size of our economic pie provide estimates of gross domestic product in both nominal dollars and real dollars.

     See also | GDP price deflator | price level | index | Consumer Price Index | real | nominal | real GDP | nominal GDP |


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MARKET STRUCTURES

The manner in which markets or industries are organized, based largely on the number of participants in the market or industry and the extent of market control of each participant. Perfect competition represents the benchmark market structure that contains a large number of participants on both sides of the market, and no market control by any firm. Three market structure models with varying degrees of market control on the supply side of the market are: monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. Three lesser known market structures with varying degrees of market control on the demand side of the market are: monopsony, oligopsony, and monopsonistic competition.

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Parker Brothers, the folks who produce the Monopoly board game, prints more Monopoly money each year than real currency printed by the U.S. government.
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