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PICKET LINE: This is the traditional method of demonstrating that a labor union is on strike against an employer, whereby union members carry picket signs and walk in a line in front of the employers plant, factory, or place of business. The pickets carried by the striking workers contain messages documenting their striking status and some of their grievances with the employer. The act of walking in an orderly fashion means that they are not engaged in other activities that might be illegal. Crossing the "picket line" is symbolic of attempts to break a streak and to disagree with the goals of the striking workers.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 5: The Economy Page: 24 of 24

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  • Some of the main benefits provided by banks as:
    • Financial intermediaries: banks match savers and borrowers.
    • Depository institutions: banks oversee a share of the nation's M1 money supply.
  • That when a bank fails to maintain adequate reserves, it runs the risk of starting a chain reaction that could cause economy-wide financial instability.
  • That banking regulations have lessened but not eliminated banking instability problems.

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PRICE LEVEL

The average of the prices of goods and services produced in the aggregate economy. In a theoretical sense, the price level is the price of aggregate production. In a practical sense, the price level is commonly measured by either of two price indexes, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or the GDP price deflator. The CPI is the price index widely publicized in the media and used by the general public. The GDP price deflator, in contrast, is less well-known, but is usually the price index of choice among economists. The inflation rate is calculated as the percentage change in the price level.

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Much of the $15 million used by the United States to finance the Louisiana Purchase from France was borrowed from European banks.
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