MATERIALS are physical goods (and their cost) used in the manufacture of a product, often separated into DIRECT MATERIAL (that which goes directly into the product such as cream into ice cream, or steel into cars) and INDIRECT MATERIAL (that which is used in maintaining the manufacturing environment such as cleaning fluids or oil for lubrication of manufacturing equipment). Indirect materials are usually part of the overhead component of cost. The term material, when used without the direct or indirect qualifier, usually refers to direct materials.
MONEY MARKET FUND is a fund that invests in various short-term debt instruments, i.e., commercial paper, negotiable certificates of deposit, bankers acceptances, Treasury bills, etc. Shares seek to maintain a net asset value of $1 but the interest rate changes daily.
STRONG, from a corporate perspective, usually means having or wielding force or authority within that entitys market segment or niche.
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