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SERVICES, CONSUMPTION: Personal consumption expenditures on activities that provide direct satisfaction of wants and needs without the production of tangible goods. Common examples are information, entertainment, and education. This is one of three categories of personal consumption expenditures in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The other two are durable goods (see durable goods, consumption) and nondurable goods (see nondurable goods, consumption). Services are about 60% of personal consumption expenditures and 40% of gross domestic product.

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CENTRAL BANK: The banking authority of a nation that's in charge of ensuring a sound money supply and conducting the country's monetary policy. It's usually authorized by, and works closely with, the government to achieve full employment, low inflation rates , economic growth, and all of the other goals that make people happy, healthy, and wise. Unlike many other nations, which have a single central bank, the good old U. S. of A. actually has a de-central bank.

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EXCESS RESERVES

The reserves (vault cash and Federal Reserve deposits) that banks have over and above what they are required by government to keep to back up deposits. The primary use of excess reserves, also termed free reserves, is for loans to consumers and businesses. Because reserves do not generate interest, revenue, or profit, banks are inclined to keep as few excess reserves as possible.

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