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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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CORPORATE STOCK: The ownership shares in a corporation that have legal claim to the corporation's assets. Stock is usually dividend into two types, common stock and preferred stock. Preferred stock has first claim to the corporations net assets, and common stock comes in second. However, if a corporation has no preferred stock, the common stock has exclusive claim. Most stocks are negotiable and are traded one on a stock market.

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MARGINAL REVENUE CURVE, MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION

A curve that graphically represents the relation between the marginal revenue received by a monopolistically competitive firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because a monopolistically competitive firm is a price maker and faces a negatively-sloped demand curve, its marginal revenue curve is also negatively sloped and lies below its average revenue (and demand) curve. A monopolistically competitive firm maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output found at the intersection of the marginal revenue curve and marginal cost curve.

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