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APPRECIATION: A more or less permanent increase in value or price. "More or less permanent" doesn't include temporary, short-term jumps in price that are common in many markets. Appreciation is only those price increases that reflect greater consumer satisfaction and thus value. While all sorts of stuff can appreciate in value, some of the more common ones are real estate, works of art, corporate stock, and money. In particular, the appreciation of a nation's money is seen by an increase in the exchange rate caused by a growing, expanding, and healthy economy.

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ECU: The abbreviation of the European Currency Unit, which is the forerunner of the euro that will be officially introduced in the European Union in 2002. The European Currency Unit is the weighted average of the currencies of the twelve original nations of the European Union. In that there are is no paper currency yet, it is currently used primarily for big-time commercial, financial, and international transactions.

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DEMAND

The willingness and ability to buy a range of quantities of a good at a range of prices, during a given time period. Demand is an inverse relation between price (demand price) and quantity (quantity demanded). Demand is one half of the market exchange process--the other is supply. This demand side of the market draws inspiration from the unlimited wants and needs dimension of the scarcity problem.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling through a department store hoping to buy either a birthday gift for your mother or a weathervane with a horse on top. Be on the lookout for door-to-door salesmen.
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