
YIELD CURVE: A curve plotting the yields (or returns) on securities with different maturity lengths. The standard yield is for U.S. Treasury securities with lengths ranging from 90 days to 30 years. The five maturity lengths are usually 90 day, 180 day, 2 year, 5 year, 10 year, and 30 year. The shape and slope fo the yield curve indicates the state of the economy and what's likely to come. A normal yield curve has a slight positive slope, with slightly higher yields for longer maturity securities. A steep yield curve suggests the end of a contraction and beginning of an expansion. An inverted, or negatively sloped yield curve is the sign of an upcoming contraction.
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ZERO SLOPE: A horizontal line in which the numerical value of the slope, calculated as the change in the variable on the vertical axis divided by a change in the variable on the horizontal axis, is zero. In other words, the Yaxis variable is fixed, or constant, for any and all values of the Xaxis variable. See also  slope  graph  line graph  direct  inverse  positive relation  negative relation  Xaxis  Yaxis  Recommended Citation:ZERO SLOPE, AmosWEB GLOSS*arama, http://www.AmosWEB.com, AmosWEB LLC, 20002023. [Accessed: March 30, 2023].
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UNSTABLE EQUILIBRIUM Equilibrium that is not restored if disrupted by an external force. Few economic models have an equilibrium that is unstable, reflecting the observation that the real world adapts to changes and maintains a fair degree of stability. However, there are situations where an unstable equilibrium more accurately reflects economic phenomena. The alternative to an unstable equilibrium is a stable equilibrium.
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The first "Black Friday" on record, a friday marked by a major financial catastrophe, occurred on September 24, 1869  A FRIDAY  when an attempted cornering of the gold market induced a financial crises and economywide depression.


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