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VOLUNTARY EXCHANGE: The process of willingly trading one item for another. The emphasis here is on "willingly." Voluntary exchanges are the heart and soul of market transactions, and should be contrasted with the "involuntary" exchanges mandated by government taxes, laws, and regulations. While involuntary government-forced exchanges play an important role in a mixed economy, economists really, really like voluntary market exchanges because they promote economic efficiency.

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TERMS OF TRADE: The quantity of one good that's given up to get another. Terms of trade is usually applied to foreign trade, although it's just as applicable to any sort of exchange. Terms of (foreign) trade are said to improve when one country gives up a relatively smaller quantity of their stuff to get a relatively larger quantity of another country's stuff. Terms of trade depend on the relative productivity of two countries and is reflected by exchange rates.

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M2

The medium-range monetary aggregate for the U.S. economy containing the combination of M1 (currency and checkable deposits) and short-term, small denomination near monies. M2 contains financial assets that either function directly as money for the U.S. economy or can be easily and quickly converted into money. The near monies added to M1 to derive M2 include savings deposits, certificates of deposit, money market deposits, and money market mutual funds. M2 is one of three monetary aggregates tracked and reported by the Federal Reserve System. The other two are designated M1 and M3.

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