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DIVIDEND: The portion of a corporation's after-tax accounting profit that's paid to shareholders or owners. Corporate managers usually try to pay the shareholders some minimum dividend that's comparable to returns from other financial markets--such as the interest on government securities or corporate bonds--to keep the owners from selling off the company's stock. That portion of after-tax accounting profit that's not paid out as dividends is typically invested in capital.

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PATERNALISM: A fundamental philosophical viewpoint that the private sector (households and businesses) needs to be watched over--like a parent--by the public sector (government). In other words, members of society need to be watched over, cared for, and kept out of trouble, like parents watch over, care for, and keep their children out of trouble. This philosophy of paternalism should be contrasted directly with the philosophy of laissez faire, which essentially says "Hey, we're all grown ups here, we can make our own decisions."

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LIMITED LIABILITY

A condition in which owners of a business are not personally held responsible for the debts created by the business. Corporations are the most noted types of business organizations in which owners have limited liability. Limited liability makes it possible for a business to accumulate large sums of money and thus to take advantage of large scale production. The alternative to limited liability is unlimited liability, a characteristic of proprietorships and partnerships.

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