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MARSHALLIAN CROSS: The standard market diagram, so beloved by undergraduate economics students, with price measured on the vertical axis and quantity measured on the horizontal axis, that presents the law of demand as a downward-sloping demand curve and the law of supply as an upward-sloping supply curve. The derivation of this name comes from it's creator, Alfred Marshall, and that market equilibrium is achieved where the demand and supply curves intersect, or "cross."

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ZERO-SUM GAME: A situation in which a fixed amount is divided up among the winners and losers. In a zero-sum game the wins equal the losses. Many stock market, or financial market, exchanges are zero-sum. One person buys low and sells high, while another buys high and sells low. The wealth in such transactions are merely transferred from one person to another. "Productive" market transactions, in contrast, are not zero-sum. The act of producing goods and services from resources that are consumed to satisfy wants and needs results in a net gain to society.

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BALANCE OF PAYMENTS

A comprehensive set of accounts that tracks the flow of currency and other monetary assets coming in to and going out of a nation. These payments are used for international trade, foreign investments, and other financial activities. The balance of payments is divided into two accounts -- current account (which includes payments for imports, exports, services, and transfers) and capital account (which includes payments for physical and financial assets). A deficit in one account is matched by a surplus in the other account. The balance of trade is only one part of the overall balance of payments set of accounts.

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