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Household Income

Household income is the combined gross income of all members of a household who are 15 years or older. Individuals do not have to be related in any way to be considered members of the same household. Household income is an important risk measure used read more

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Unfunded Pension Plan

An unfunded pension plan is an employer-managed retirement plan that uses the employer’s current income to fund pension payments as they become necessary.1 This is in contrast to an advance funded pension plan where an employer sets aside read more

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Naked Shorting

Naked shorting is the illegal practice of short selling shares that have not been affirmatively determined to exist. Ordinarily, traders must borrow a stock, or determine that it can be borrowed, before they sell it short. So naked shorting refers read more

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The Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States. The Jones Act requires goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by United States citizens or permanent residents. read more

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Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income is bank and creditor income derived primarily from fees including deposit and transaction fees, insufficient funds (NSF) fees, annual fees, monthly account service charges, inactivity fees, check and deposit slip fees, and so on. read more

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Regulation CC

Regulation CC is one of the banking regulations set forth by the Federal Reserve. Regulation CC implements the Expedited Funds Availability Act of 1987. This act sets certain standards for endorsements on checks that are paid by banks and other depository read more

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Marginal Benefit

A marginal benefit is a maximum amount a consumer is willing to pay for an additional good or service. It is also the additional satisfaction or utility that consumer receives when the additional good or service is purchased. The marginal benefit for read more

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Real Economic Growth Rate

The real economic growth, or real GDP growth rate, measures economic growth as it relates to the gross domestic product (GDP) from one period to another, adjusted for inflation, and expressed in real terms as opposed to nominal terms. The real economic read more

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Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde is a pop culture reference to a famous novel that is sometimes used to describe a stock market with a split personality. Jekyll represents the good in a market – benign, predictable and conducive to trading gains, while Hyde is read more

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Real Estate Owned (REO)

Real estate owned (REO) is property owned by a lender, such as a bank, that has not been successfully sold at a foreclosure auction. REO properties can include detached houses, condominiums, townhomes, and land. A lender—often a bank or quasi-governmental read more