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YIELD TO MATURITY: The annual rate of return on a financial asset that is held until maturity. Yield to maturity depends on both the coupon rate and the face or par value paid at maturity. If the selling price of a financial asset is equal to its par value, then the yield to maturity is equal to the current yield and the coupon rate. However, if the asset is selling at a discount, then the yield to maturity exceeds the current yield, which is greater than the coupon rate. And if the asset is selling at a premium, then the yield to maturity is less than the current yield, which is below than the coupon rate.

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Lesson 20: Oligopoly | Unit 1: Intro Page: 4 of 24

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  • Structure: The basic structure of oligopoly rests with a small number of relatively large firms.

  • The two key structural considerations of this characteristic are:

    • Concentration
    • Entry Barriers.

  • Behavior: Markets with a small number of large firms behave differently than monopoly with a single firm or monopolistic competition with a large number of small firms.

  • Some of the more noted behavioral traits include:

    • Interdependence
    • Price Rigidity
    • Nonprice Competition
    • Price Leadership
    • Collusion
    • Mergers


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IMPLEMENTATION LAG

The time lag that occurs after a government policy designed to correct an economic problem has been selected and the actual execution of the policy. The implementation lag is based the time it takes for government agencies, which can be slow and methodical, to carry out the designated policy. This "inside lag" is one of four policy lags associated with monetary and fiscal policy. The other two "inside lags" are recognition lag and decision lag, and one "outside lag" is implementation lag. All four policy lags can reduce the effectiveness of business-cycle stabilization policies and can even destabilize the economy.

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