money supply


: the total amount of money available in an economy for spending as calculated by any of various methods (as by adding total currency to funds available in private checking accounts)

Examples of money supply in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For two years starting in March 2020, the M2 money supply—a measure of the cash and checkable deposits in circulation plus savings deposits and other easily convertible assets—grew at an unprecedented annual rate of 16.5%. John Greenwood, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2023 If the Fed decides to cut this rate, banks will have more of an incentive to lend or invest these idle reserves, thereby adding to the M2 money supply. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 The broad money supply, as measured by M2, increased by a record high of $5.6 trillion in the past 15 months. Laura He, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 Yet that translated into only 4.4% yearly growth in the overall money supply, and nominal GDP rose at a meager 1% clip. WSJ, 17 Jan. 2023 For the first time in decades, M2 money supply has actually gone negative. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 This is particularly relevant in the new era of higher interest rates, shrinking money supply, and rolling banking jitters. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Increase in money supply to cushion the impact of lockdowns led to high demand for goods; producers were unable to match up. Trefis Team, Forbes, 17 July 2023 The unusual combination of price declines and unprecedented money supply in the economy has fueled talk of deflation. Laura He, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of money supply was in 1871

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“Money supply.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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