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FINANCIAL ASSET: A legal claim to or ownership of a physical asset. Common financial assets are stocks, bonds, money, and government securities. These are also termed paper assets.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 4: Causes Page: 19 of 26

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Three points about investment and business cycles:
  • First: Investment is sensitive to interest rates. Higher interest rates increase the cost of investment borrowing and discourages investment.
  • Second: Interest rates rise and fall with the business cycle. During an expansion, interest rates rise enough to discourage investment, and trigger a contraction. During a contraction, interest rates fall enough to encourage investment and cause a new expansion.
  • Third: Investment doesn't react immediately to interest rates. The production of capital goods takes time and does not respond instantly to interest rate changes.
Interest-rate-induced changes in investment seem to be a natural cause-and-effect part of business cycles.

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An aspect of a scientific theory that includes fundamental, and unverifiable, axioms, beliefs, and values about how the world works. One example of an unverifiable world view axiom is belief in the existence of a supreme, omnipotent, omniscience being--that is, God. Political philosophies, which are essential to economic theories and policies, are intertwined with alternative world views.

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