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ECONOMIC INDICATORS: Numerous economic statistics that provide valuable information about the expansions and contractions of business cycles. These economic statistics are grouped into three sets--lagging, coincident, and leading. Leading economic indicators tend to move up or down a few months BEFORE business-cycle expansions and contractions. Coincident economic indicators tend to reach their peaks and troughs AT THE SAME TIME as business cycles. Lagging economic indicators tend to rise or fall a few months AFTER business-cycle expansions and contractions.

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MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE: The money function in which money is widely accepted in exchange for goods and services. For an asset to function as a medium of exchange it need to have value in use, but only value in exchange. This is one of four basic functions of money. The other three are measure of value, store of value, and standard of deferred payment. THE primary function of money is to act as THE medium of exchange. People use money to buy and sell goods. Buyers give up money and receive goods and sellers give up goods and receive money. Money makes transactions easier because everyone is willing to trade money for goods and goods for money.

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LAGGING ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Seven economic statistics that tend to move up or down a few months AFTER business-cycle expansions and contractions. Most importantly, these measures indicate peak and trough turning points about three to twelve months after they occur. Lagging economic indicators are one of three groups of economic measures used to track business-cycle activity. The other two are coincident economic indicators and leading economic indicators.

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