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Ever wondered why a candy bar no longer costs 50 cents? The answer is monetary inflation. Find out what this means and how it affects your purchasing power.
Financialization is an increase in the size and importance of a country's financial sector relative to its overall economy.
The Federal discount rate is the amount of interest a central bank charges private banks for short-term loans.
The wealth effect is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to spend more as the value of their assets rises. The premise is that when consumers' homes or investment portfolios increase in value, they feel more financially secure, so they increase their spending.
The discount rate is the interest rate you need to earn on a given amount of money today to end up with a given amount of money in the future. Let's say you need $1,000 one year from now to go on vacation. We can use the discount rate to determine how much money you would need to have today to have $1,000 in one year.
Most investment choices involve a tradeoff between risk and reward. The "Efficient Frontier" is a modern portfolio theory tool that shows investors the best possible return they can expect from their portfolio, given the level of volatility they're willing to accept.
The term “open market operations” refers to a monetary policy tool in which central banks buy and sell bonds to regulate the money supply in the economy. The United States employs open market operations through the Federal Reserve Bank.
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