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YIELD: The rate of return on a financial asset. In some simple cases, the yield on a financial asset, like commercial paper, corporate bond, or government security, is the asset's interest rate. However, as a more general rule, the yield includes both the interest earned from an asset plus any changes in the asset's price. Suppose, for example, that a $100,000 bond has a 10 percent interest rate, such that the holder receives $10,000 interest per year. If the price of the bond increases over the course of the year from $100,000 to $105,000, then the bond's yield is greater than 10 percent. It includes the $10,000 interest plus the $5,000 bump in the price, giving a yield of 15 percent. Because bonds and similar financial assets often have fixed interest payments, their prices and subsequently yields move up and down as economic conditions change.

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QUANTITY DEMANDED: The specific (maximum) quantity of a good or service that buyers are willing and able to buy at a specific demand price. The emphasis here is on specific. Quantity demanded and demand price form a specific pair of numbers.

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DEMAND-PULL INFLATION

Inflation that results from increases in aggregate demand that exceed any increases in aggregate supply. This type of inflation results when the four macroeconomic sectors (household, business, government, and foreign) collectively try to purchase more output than the economy is capable of producing. The alternative type of inflation is cost-push inflation.

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