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Economic Definition of demand deposit. Defined.

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Term demand deposit Definition: A bank deposit that can be withdraw "on demand." This is a once common, but increasingly dated term meaning checking account deposits, checkable deposits, or transactions deposits. To the extent that demand deposits is the term used to mean checkable deposits, they are an important part of the M1 money supply. The term "demand" was used to distinguish checkable deposits from savings deposits in which accessed could be delayed for a period of "time," and not on "demand." Hence the complementary term for savings deposits is time deposits.

 

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