SURPLUS Definition

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SURPLUS generally means any excess amount, but in finance it is the remainder of a fund appropriated for a particular purpose. In a corporation, surplus means assets left after liabilities and debt, including capital stock, has been subtracted.

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MONETARY POLICY is U.S. Federal Reserve actions to influence the availability and cost of money and credit as a means of helping to promote high employment, economic growth, price stability and a sustainable pattern of inter­national transactions. Tools of monetary policy include open market operations, adjustments in reserve require­ments and changes in the discount rate.

COMFORT LETTERS see KEEP-WELL AGREEMENTS.

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