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PRESENT VALUE: The amount of money today that, after interest is added, would have the same value as an amount some time in the future. For example, $100 today, given a 10 percent interest rate, would have a value of $110 in one year ($100 plus $10 in interest). Conversely, $110 in one year, given a 10 percent interest rate, would be equivalent to $100 today. The process of translating a future payment into its present value, such an amount to be received when a bond reaches its date of maturity, is often termed discounting.

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ECONOMIST: A individual, usually a homo sapien, who has received extensive training in economic theories, applications, and analysis and whose primary employment involves the research, teaching, consulting, and other applications of this economic training. Many economists are employed by institutions of higher education for the expressed purpose of enlightening impressionable college students in the wily ways of economic analysis. Other economists are employed by government agencies -- federal, state, and local -- for the expressed purpose of applying economic analysis to important policy decisions.

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PAYMENT FLOW

In the circular flow, the transfer of money in payment in exchange for the counter-clockwise physical flow of goods and services. The payment flow is the monetary payment for goods and services received by the household sector from the business sector through product markets and the monetary payment for resource services obtained by the business sector from the household sector through resource markets. The payment flow is usually illustrated as a clockwise flow for a model with the product markets at the top, resource markets at the bottom, household sector at the left, and business sector at the left. The physical flow moves in the opposite direction.

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