Questions tagged [money]

any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context, or is easily converted to such a form. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of value; and, sometimes, a standard of deferred payment. Any item or verifiable record that fulfills these functions can be considered as money.

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Are things any better in what society considers “third world countries” as they were years ago? If things are better, how did they improve and why?

For years I've seen non-stop commercials of countries in the continent of Africa showing kids who live in sewage huts, parents are dead, war gangs and criminals rule their lives. Like in Captain ...
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Why government cannot print money to pay its debt

I have written down an explanation to one of the famous questions "why can't government print money to pay its debt"? after researching for some time on google, I need opinions as to whether this is ...
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How much money is wire transferred every year worldwide?

How much money is wire transferred every year worldwide? Estimates are fine.
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The reasons I believe the bimetallic dilemma was never possible

During the bimetallic era, there was always a dilemma where the mint ratio differs from the market ratio of their metallic value. I state this is impossible. Suppose the mint&market ratio of ...
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Series 2013 US dollar bills [closed]

it's 2015 now but still, I can't find any USD bills of 2013 series. All my bills are 2009 series (not even 2009A series). I'm looking for 100 dollar denomination. what's the latest series for USD ...
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How and when is M0 money created?

The Federal Reserve Coin and Currency Service Website describes their currency order process thus: The 7.2 billion notes included in the FY 2015 order reflect the Board’s estimate of net demand ...
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What would be the effects of an expiration date on currency?

Let's say we introduce a monetary system where each piece of money is printed with an expiration date - a year, perhaps. I'm imagining something rather different from inflation (although I do not ...
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Do general equilibrium models include money?

An economics professor told me that General Equilibrium models are a sophistication of barter. Does that imply that they don't include money? And if that is the case, are there any attempts to include ...
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If a business charges more for a product than the cost to make it, how is our economy not inevitably doomed for debt?

The analogy would be stirring water in a bucket; without adding more water to the bucket, there is no gain... Obviously the various resources to create say an iPod came from different countries... ...
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Can the US dollar collapse and what are steps that I should take in the event that this happens?

A friend of mines says that the US dollar is so "heavily intertwined" in other nations that if the US Dollar was to become worthless then that would have a major impact on the world. However with ...
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Are prepaid cards, and gift cards considered a form of money?

Are the followings considered a form of money prepaid (debit) cards gift cards (both bank-issued such as American Express gift cards, and store-issued such as Walmart gift cards) ? Are their ...
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What would happen if central banks were no longer able to provide loans [closed]

Actually I'm asking because of two reasons. I'm still not clear how everything works. First money is supposedly a debt, and it is created by creating loans? Second central banks seem to want ...
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What prevents a bank from simply going into their computer system and adding some zeros to their bank account? [duplicate]

This question has been bothering me for a long time and I’m hoping that someone here can help to answer it. I will use Greece as an example, but my question could really be applied to any country or ...
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Best resources to self-educate myself in economics

I want to learn Economics by myself and I'm looking to build a path with people who're in this field to how and in what order should I learn Economics, I did some research and I've found many ...
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Could money be tied to a basic good like the gold standard?

I don't have a formal education in economics but I had an idea for creating a better and fairer currency. So the gold standard ties gold to the dollar. Gold is usually used in luxury items like ...
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How is money created on net?

I have the impression that everyone has more net money than in the past. By net money I means cash + money lent to others - money borrowed from others. If this is true, where does the extra net money ...
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Is money supply affected by the stock market?

Do stock prices have any effect on the money supply of an economy? Please provide a simple example if possible. Intuition suggests there is more money around when prices are high (consider for ...
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Real vs Nominal Value Concept

I am having trouble understanding the meaning of the real value of an economic quantity. The concept is easy to grasp: take a year as a base and adjust for inflation by pricing a commodity with the ...
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Would a world-wide currency be a good idea? [duplicate]

While every country has it's own political ideals, enforcing laws and rules, in an ever more globalized world, I believe the idea of fragmented economy is limiting big growth opportunities while ...
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Money in the animal kingdom

Animals living in packs must have ways to decide how to distribute their goods among the pack members. Just like prices can appear in an exchange economy, prices could appear in pack economy. Though ...
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What are the widescale economic ramifications of people holding onto their money instead of spending it?

Pretty simple question: people get rich by saving more money than they spend. What are the implications of people holding onto their money instead of spending it? Do rich people save more money (...
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What is an IOU?

I'm reading a paper right now that refers to divisible and one-period IOUs, but doesn't explain what the shorthand stands for. I understand it's a unit of payment, and guess that is the same "thing" ...