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BALANCED-BUDGET AMENDMENT: A proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would constrain total government spending to be less than or equal to total tax collections. Such an amendment would effectively eliminate the federal deficit, which results when the spending exceeds taxes. The logic behind such an amendment is to prevent discretionary use of fiscal policy, which is often blamed for political business cycles and the resulting problems of inflation and unemployment. It is also touted as a way to limit the size of the Federal government.

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JAWBONING: The use of verbal encouragement or discouragement by political leaders or other influential people to achieve particular results. This term was coined in reference to actions by President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s. It is essentially an attempt by the President or other influential leaders to change public sentiment and move the economy in a particular direction without implementing or waiting for the results of formal economic policies. This also goes by the term moral suasion.

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AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SERVICE ACCOUNTS

Deposit accounts offered by commercial banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, and mutual savings banks that automatically transfer funds from interest-paying savings account to checking accounts when needed to process checks or to maintain minimum balances. Automatic transfer service (ATS) accounts effectively function as interest-paying checking accounts and are considered as one type of checkable deposits. Other checkable deposits are demand deposits (standard checking accounts), negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts, and share draft accounts.

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