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Consumer Price Index (CPI)

An index of the cost of all goods and services to a typical consumer published by the US Department of Labor. To calculate the rate of inflation or deflation for a given period, divide the change in CPI by the base period CPI.

Credit Default Swaps

Unregulated inurance contracts that insure the value of credit instrumets including mortgagte-backed derivatievs, corporate bonds, etc. -- the undoing of AIG, one the world’s largest insurance companies.

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