CONSUMER PRICE INDEX Definition

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) is the measure of change in consumer prices as determined by a monthly survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the CPI components are the costs of food, housing, transportation, and electricity (i.e., the average cost of a "basket" of goods and services). Also known as the cost-of-living index.

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CONSIGNMENT STOCK is vendor supplied stock that is only paid for when it is used. Consignment stock should change nothing except cash flow. Holding any more stock than is necessary is always inefficient whether it is consignment stock or not.

BROKER-DEALER is any person or institution, other than a bank, engaged in the business of buying or selling securi­ties on its own behalf or for others.

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