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LEVERAGED BUYOUT: A method of corporate takeover or merger popularized in the 1980s in which the controlling interest in a company's corporate stock was purchased using a substantial fraction of borrowed funds. These takeovers were, as the financial-types say, heavily leveraged. The person or company doing the "taking over" used very little of their own money and borrowed the rest, often by issuing extremely risky, but high interest, "junk" bonds. These bonds were high-risk, and thus paid a high interest rate, because little or nothing backed them up.

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INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: The economic interaction among different nations involving the monetray payments and the exchange of currency. The cornestone of international finance is foreign exchange, including foreign exchange markets and exchange rates. International trade, the study of trade between nations, is a related area of international economics. A summary of international trade undertaken by a particular nation is given with the balance of payments.

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CARDINAL UTILITY

The notion that utility--the satisfaction of wants and needs achieved through the consumption of goods and services--can be measured with numerical values (1, 2, 3, etc.) that are based on a benchmark scale. Cardinal utility presumes that satisfaction is a measurable characteristic of a person, like height or weight. The contrasting notion is ordinal utility, which is based on a ranking of preferences.

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