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U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT: A cabinet level part of the U.S. Federal government responsible for assorted financial matters. While it was once heavily involved in what could be termed monetary policy, before the creation of the Federal Reserve System, it's primary money role in modern times is relegated to authorizing the minting of metal coins. Among its many varied and important functions are issuing U.S. Treasury securities to finance the federal deficit and maintaining the integrity of paper currency by tracking counterfeiters.

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BANK ASSETS: What a bank owns, including loans, reserves, investment securities, and physical assets. Bank assets are typically listed on the left-hand side of a bank's balance sheet. Bank liabilities, what a bank owes, are listed on the right-hand side of a bank's balance sheet. Net worth is the difference between assets and liabilities. The largest asset category of most bank is loans, which generates interest revenue. A critical asset category used to maintain the safety of deposits is reserves (vault cash and Federal Reserve deposits).

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POTENTIAL REAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

The total real output (real gross domestic product) that the economy can produce if resources are fully employed. In theory this means that the economy is operating ON the production possibilities frontier. Full employment is generally indicated by achieving what is termed the natural unemployment rate. If the economy is at full employment then actual real gross domestic product is equal to potential real gross domestic product and the actual unemployment rate is equal to the natural unemployment rate. The macroeconomy is thus living up to its potential.

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