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EASY MONEY: A term used when the Federal Reserve System pursues expansionary monetary policy. In other words, to stimulate our economy out of recession, the Fed increases the amount of money in the economy or makes it "easier" for people to get money (usually through bank loans).

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COLLUSION: A usually secret agreement among competing firms (mostly oligopolistic firms) in an industry to control the market, raise the market price, and otherwise act like a monopoly. The reason for the secrecy is that such behavior is illegal in the United States under antitrust laws. Collusion is a characteristic trait of oligopolistic industries. Intense competition and interdependent decision-making encourages oligopolistic firms to cooperate. One way to lessen the competition among an oligopolistic rival is to join forces through collusion. (The other way is through merger, but that's another entry.)

     See also | oligopoly | market control | industry | firm | monopoly | antitrust laws | competition | competition among the few | merger | explicit collusion | implicit collusion | cartel | Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries | price leadership |


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SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS

Depository financial institutions that were originally established to assist home owners with low-cost mortgage loans using savings deposits. Savings and loan associations (S&Ls) offer checkable deposits that are part of the M1 monetary aggregate. While S&Ls are not "officially" chartered as banks, similar to other thrift institutions (credit unions and mutual savings banks) they do function comparable to any traditional bank, offering a wide range of deposits, loans, and other financial services.

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