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With the economic crisis continuing to bite, it is not surprising that some of the entries in the most viewed terms of 2010 reflect the dominant news stories on financial regulation and the impact of the global downturn.

For example, Basel III illustrates the efforts made by global leaders to make banks more resilient to future losses and the Volcker rule aims to limit risky behaviour within banks. Austerity measure and structural deficit are some of the buzz words linked to the UK’s comprehensive spending review.

View the 20 most viewed terms of 2010 below and see what definitions readers are looking up.

Professor of the week resumes on January 13 2011.

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