Three steps and a stumble rule

Definition:

A rule predicting that stock and bond prices will fall following three increases in the discount rate by the Federal Reserve. This is a result of increased costs of borrowing for companies and the increased attractiveness of money market funds and CDs over stocks and bonds as a result of the higher interest rates.

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Official settlements balance (overall balance)

An overall measurement of a country's private financial and economic transactions with the rest of the world.

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