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RECESSION: The common term used for the contraction phase of the business cycle. A general period of declining economic activity. During a recession, real gross domestic product declines by 10 percent or so and the unemployment rate rises from it's full employment 5 percent level up to the 6 to 10 percent range. Inflation tends to be low or non-existent during a recession. Recession last anywhere from six to eighteen months, with one year being common.

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CORPORATE BOND: A bond issued by a corporation to raise the funds used for capital investment. A corporate bond usually has a maturity date of 5 years or more, with 30 years common. Most corporate bonds are negotiable and traded through financial markets after issued.

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SEIGNIORAGE

The difference between the face value, or value in exchange, of money and the cost of producing the money. This seigniorage is effectively the profit government generates from producing currency--printing paper bills or minting metal coins. That is, government effectively "makes money" by making money.

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