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A sum of money paid regularly to a person, often by a parent to a child; sometimes paid in compensation for services rendered.


To receive and use something belonging to somebody else, with the intention of returning or repaying it--often with interest in the case of borrowed money.


Any activity or organization that produces or exchanges goods or services for a profit.


Money in the form of paper currency or coins (as distinct from checks, money orders or credit).


A written order to a financial institution directing the financial institution to pay a stated amount of money, as instructed, from the customer's account.


The opportunity to borrow money or to receive goods or services in return for a promise to pay later.

Earned Income

Money received for work performed; may include salary, wages, tips, professional fees, commissions, etc.


One who draws upon his or her skills and initiative to launch a new business venture with the aim of making a profit. Often a risk-taker, inclined to see opportunity when others do not.


Payments for goods and services.


Something a person or organization plans to achieve in the future; an aim or desired result.


Payments earned by households for selling or renting their productive resources. May include salaries, wages, interest and dividends.


A rise in the general or average price level of all the goods and services produced in an economy. Can be caused by pressure from the demand side of the market (demand-pull inflation) or pressure from the supply side of the market (cost-push inflation).


The process of putting money someplace with the intention of making a financial gain. Investment possibilities include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and other financial instruments or ventures.


A piece of work usually done on order at an agreed-upon rate. Also a paid position of regular employment.


Anything that is generally accepted as final payment for goods and services; serves as a medium of exchange, a store of value and a standard of value. Characteristics of money are portability, stability in value, uniformity, durability and acceptance.


Income received for entrepreneurial skills and risk taking, calculated by subtracting all of a firm's explicit and implicit costs from its total revenues.


Earnings from an investment, usually expressed as an annual percentage.


To keep money for future use; to divert money from current spending to a savings account or another form of investment.


Money set aside for a future use that is held in easily-accessed accounts, such as savings accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs).


Activities performed by people, firms or government agencies to satisfy economic wants.


Use money now to buy goods and services.


The number of people without jobs who are actively seeking work.


Effort applied to achieve a purpose or result, often for pay; skills and knowledge put to use to get something done; employment at a job or in a position; occupation, profession, business, trade, craft, etc.