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COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY: An agency of the U.S. Federal government responsible for chartering national banks. In other words, if you want to establish a bank with the word "national" in the title, then you must gain permission from the Comptroller of the Currency. The Comptroller is also responsible for regulating banks and might even assume control of a bank that is in serious trouble (that is, on the verge of going out of business). Although the term "currency" appears in the title, the Comptroller of the Currency is primarily a bank regulator and has almost nothing to do with the nation's "currency.

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DECREASING MARGINAL RETURNS: In the short-run production of a firm, an increase in the variable input results in a decrease in the marginal product of the variable input. Decreasing marginal returns typically surface after the first few quantities of a variable input are added to a fixed input. Compare this with increasing marginal returns. You should also compare this with diseconomies of scale associated with long-run production.

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GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

The total market value of all final goods and services produced within the political boundaries of an economy during a given period of time, usually one year. This is the official measure of the aggregate output produced by the economy. It is tabulated and reported by the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce. Gross domestic product, often abbreviated simply as GDP, is one of several measures reported regularly (quarterly and annually) by the number crunchers at the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Other common measures include net domestic product, national income, personal income, and disposable income. GDP has replaced gross national product (GNP), in most official discussion of aggregate economic production.

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