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NONTARIFF BARRIER: Any sort of trade barrier--other than a tariff or import quota--that restricts imports. Some of the more popular nontariff barriers are those that specify the content of a good or how it was produced. There are many valid and important safety, health, and environmental reasons for establishing these sorts of nontariff barriers.

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U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT: A cabinet level part of the U.S. Federal government responsible for assorted financial matters. While it was once heavily involved in what could be termed monetary policy, before the creation of the Federal Reserve System, it's primary money role in modern times is relegated to authorizing the minting of metal coins. Among its many varied and important functions are issuing U.S. Treasury securities to finance the federal deficit and maintaining the integrity of paper currency by tracking counterfeiters.

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SEIGNIORAGE

The difference between the face value, or value in exchange, of money and the cost of producing the money. This seigniorage is effectively the profit government generates from producing currency--printing paper bills or minting metal coins. That is, government effectively "makes money" by making money.

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