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ZERO-BASE BUDGET: A method of budgeting expenditures in which each expenditure is justified on its overall merits rather than being based on the budget for the previous year. A zero-base budget is most often proposed (but seldom implemented) for governments. Governments generally establish budget expenditures based on expenditures for the previous year. If, for example, budget expenditures last year were $100 billion, the requested budget for this year might be set at $110 billion. The existing $100 billion is a "given" and only the extra $10 billion is justified. With a zero-base budget, the entire $110 billion is justified.

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FORTUNE 500: A list of the 500 largest (in terms of sales) publicly held corporations in the good old U. S. of A., as compiled and published by Fortune magazine. While other business-oriented magazines publish similar lists, this one has come to symbolize the largest, most powerful bastions of the second estate. For a business to achieve ranking on the Fortune 500 is a mark of success. For consumers, the Fortune 500 is often a mark of powerlessness. If you're interested, Fortune also provides a list of the 500 largest foreign companies, and separate lists of the 50 largest banks; utilities; and retail, transportation and diversified financial companies.

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COMMODITY MONEY

A medium of exchange (money) that has both value in use and value in exchange. Commodity money is first and foremost a commodity that provides users with satisfaction of their wants and needs. However, it also has the secondary function of acting as a medium of exchange for the economy. In the march toward economic complexity, commodity money emerged from barter exchanges, but then ultimately gave way to modern fiat money.

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