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INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNT: A savings retirement account set up with a bank, mutual fund, brokerage firm that allows people to set aside a portion of their income each year. Like other private pension plans, income diverted to an individual retirement account (or IRA) is tax deferred, that is, taxes on not paid on the income until it is withdrawn during retirement.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 1: What It Is Page: 3 of 24

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  • The primary financial intermediary task of banks is to match up borrowers and savers.
  • Two main functions of banks: Maintaining deposits for costumers and offering loans to credit-worthy customers.
  • That banks perform a 'financial' intermediary function, that is, divert household income away from consumption expenditures and to investment.
  • The importance of banks maintaining checking accounts, which are about 60% of the money supply.

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FLEXIBLE EXCHANGE RATE

An exchange rate determined through the unrestricted interaction of supply and demand in the foreign exchange market. Also termed floating exchange rate, this is one of three basic exchange rate policies used by domestic governments to control their exchange rates with the goal of affecting international trade, balance of trade, and balance of payments. This policy is based on the view that the free interplay of market forces is most likely to generate a desireable pattern of international trade. The other two policies are fixed exchange rate and managed flexible exchange rate.

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