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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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PRIME RATE: The interest rate banks charge their best, most credit-worthy customers. This is one of the key interest rates in the economy, and it is watched closely by financial types, government policy makers, and businesses. It's also an interest rate that should be watched closely by consumers who have loans with adjustable rates, like credit cards, that are "pegged" to the prime rate. Any movement in the prime rate triggers an automatic change in these adjustable rates.

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CURRENCY

Pieces of paper and metal coins that circulate around the economy as the medium of exchange. Currency is usually (not always, but usually) authorized and used by the national government. U.S. currency is denominated in dollars and issued the Federal Reserve System (paper currency) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury (metal coins). Currency is approximately one-half of the official M1 monetary aggregate tracked by the Federal Reserve System. The other half is checkable deposits maintained by banks.

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