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PICKET LINE: This is the traditional method of demonstrating that a labor union is on strike against an employer, whereby union members carry picket signs and walk in a line in front of the employers plant, factory, or place of business. The pickets carried by the striking workers contain messages documenting their striking status and some of their grievances with the employer. The act of walking in an orderly fashion means that they are not engaged in other activities that might be illegal. Crossing the "picket line" is symbolic of attempts to break a streak and to disagree with the goals of the striking workers.

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FDIC: The abbreviation for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which is a program established by Congress in 1933, during the worst of the Great Depression, to insure the deposits of failed banks. The FDIC operates much like any private insurance company. It collects insurance premiums from its customers--the banks--in return for the assurance that it will stand behind, or be ready to pay off, any deposits that the banks can't.

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS, FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

The governing, policy making body of the Federal Reserve System, consisting of 7 members, one of whom serves as the Chairman and another as Vice Chairman. The Board of Governors sets the general course of Federal Reserve policy, including the regulation of the commercial banking system. The 7 Governors also form of the core of the Federal Open Market Committee which is responsible for monetary policy. The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is one of the most important and powerful positions in the economy.

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The first "Black Friday" on record, a friday marked by a major financial catastrophe, occurred on September 24, 1869 -- A FRIDAY -- when an attempted cornering of the gold market induced a financial crises and economy-wide depression.
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