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BUILDING CYCLE: The recurring periods of first active and then stagnant home sales and housing construction. A complete cycle usually lasts from 15 to 20 years. The source of these ups and downs rests with the competitive nature of the home construction business, the length of time it takes to build a house and, perhaps most importantly, the length of time before a house depreciates.

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CREDITOR NATION: A nation that owes less to foreign governments, businesses, and consumers than foreigners owe to domestic governments, businesses, and consumers. The United States, was a creditor nation for many decades, being one of the chief sources of lending to other nations in the world. It has now achieved the status of debtor nation.

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ELASTICITY ALTERNATIVES, DEMAND

Five categories of the price elasticity of demand that reflect the entire range of the relative responsiveness of a change in quantity demanded to a change in price. These five alternatives--perfectly elastic, relatively elastic, unit elastic, relatively inelastic, and perfectly inelastic--are often illustrated by different demand curves. The price elasticity of supply is also reflected by five comparable alternatives.

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