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BOARD OF GOVERNORS: The policy-making head of the Federal Reserve System. The Board is comprised of 7 members, each serving 14-year terms, with one term expiring every two years. This Board, when joined by five Federal Reserve District Bank presidents forms the Federal Open Market Committee. The Chairman of the Board of Governors is considered to be one of the, if not THE, most powerful individuals in the economy.

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RESERVE REQUIREMENTS: Rules by the Federal Reserve System governing the amount of bank reserves that banks must keep to back up their deposits. Legal reserve requirements came about because banks that practice fractional-reserve banking are sometimes inclined to make too many interest-paying loans and neglect to keep enough reserves on hand to pay their depositors. In principle, the Fed can alter reserve requirements to control the money supply. In practice, however, the Fed prefers to use open market operations or the discount rate.

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CURRENCY

Pieces of paper and metal coins that circulate around the economy as the medium of exchange. Currency is usually (not always, but usually) authorized and used by the national government. U.S. currency is denominated in dollars and issued the Federal Reserve System (paper currency) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury (metal coins). Currency is approximately one-half of the official M1 monetary aggregate tracked by the Federal Reserve System. The other half is checkable deposits maintained by banks.

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