business cycle


Definition of business cycle

: a cycle of economic activity usually consisting of recession, recovery, growth, and decline

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Recent Examples on the Web Its policies are predicated on a typical business cycle. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "The Fed Puts Its Independence on the Line," 7 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration produced unusually strong growth late in the business cycle, the point at which the economy reaches full employment and growth generally slows. Ed Conard, National Review, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Steve Rattner’s Statistics," 31 Aug. 2020 In every recession since World War II, the S&P 500 has turned up a few months ahead of the business cycle trough. CNN, "Yes, we're in a recession. But the stock market's rally still makes perfect sense," 24 June 2020 Those indexes -- which include market, survey and hard data on the real economy regarding the future direction of the business cycle -- have been signaling the start of an economic recovery for some time now. CNN, "Yes, we're in a recession. But the stock market's rally still makes perfect sense," 24 June 2020 First, the four-year presidential term is unrelated to the business cycle. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "The next U.S. president will have little effect on the stock market. Here’s why.," 15 Jan. 2020 Certain sectors, such as industrials and financials, that are most sensitive to the business cycle may get an additional boost if trade tensions continue to ease. Shawn Snyder For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Investors should be optimistic about stocks in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 According to data from the National Bureau of Economic Research — a private nonpartisan group charged with dating business cycles — those shifts have occurred in three distinct stages: from 1854 to 1919, from 1919 to 1945 and from 1945 forward. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: If this bull market is really finished, it's been a heck of a run," 6 Mar. 2020 Monetary policy can at best smooth the rough edges of the business cycle by increasing money running through the economy. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "The ECB, and central banking, is at a crossroads," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of business cycle

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Business cycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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