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Essentials Of Investments
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Essentials Of Investments

Essentials Of Investments

Book edition 9th
Author(s) Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane, Alan Marcus, Alan J. Marcus
Pages 748 pages
ISBN 9780078034695

Short Answer

Here are four industries and four forecasts for the macro-economy. Choose the industry that you would expect to perform best in each scenario.

Industries: housing construction, health care, gold mining, steel production.

Economic Forecasts:

Deep recession: falling inflation, falling interest rates, falling GDP.

Superheated economy: rapidly rising GDP, increasing inflation and interest rates.

Healthy expansion: rising GDP, mild inflation, low unemployment.

Stagflation: falling GDP, high inflation.


Health care (non-cyclical) : Deep recession

Steel production (Cyclical): Superheated economy

Housing construction (Cyclical but sensitive to interest rate reduction): Healthy expansion

Gold mining (countercyclical) Stagflation

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Step by Step Solution

Step by Step Solution Step 1: Definition of economic recession

A period of temporary economic decline in trading and industrial activity is known as an economical recession.

Step 2: Categorization of industries

Health care (non-cyclical) : Deep recession

Steel production (Cyclical): Superheated economy

Housing construction (Cyclical but sensitive to interest rate reduction): Healthy expansion

Gold mining (countercyclical Stagflation

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