Economic Cycle

The natural fluctuation of the economy between periods of expansion (growth) and contraction (recession). Factors such as gross domestic product (GDP), interest rates, levels of employment and consumer spending can help to determine the current stage of the economic cycle.

An economy is deemed to be in the expansion stage of the economic cycle when gross domestic product (GDP) is rapidly increasing. During times of expansion, investors seek to purchase companies in technology, capital goods and basic energy. During times of contraction, investors will look to purchase companies such as utilities, financials and healthcare.


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  • economic cycle — noun count the changes that are repeated continuously in a country s economy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • economic cycle — noun : business cycle * * * economic cycle UK US noun [countable] [singular economic cycle plural economic cycles] economics …   Useful english dictionary

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  • economic cycle. — See business cycle. * * * …   Universalium

  • economic cycle. — See business cycle …   Useful english dictionary

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