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ACCUMULATION: The process of acquiring an item and adding that item to others previously acquired. In an economic context this most often refers to the accumulation of capital, as in the phrase "capital accumulation." However, it is also used in the context of consumer durable goods, financial assets, money, wealth, and a host of other "stock" variables. When applied to capital, the process of accumulation occurs through investment.

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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1920 that promotes research into, and an understanding of, the workings of the economy. In addition to a relative small in-house staff (a few dozen), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) includes several hundred of the best and the brightest economic professors at major universities as NBER researchers. At last count, a dozen Nobel Prize winners have included the title of NBER researcher on their resumes. The NBER sponsors research on assorted topics, including the development of quantitative economic measures and the analysis of public policies.

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INTERNATIONAL FINANCE

The study of the flow of monetary payments and the exchange of currencies among nations undertaken as a necessary complement to the international trading of goods and services. The exchange of currencies takes place through the foreign exchange market, which determines the foreign exchange rate, or exchange rate or one currency for another. The balance of payments documents the flow of currency payments into and out of a given country. A related area of study is international trade, both of which are part of the broader study of international economics.

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