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A financial institution that provides various products and services to its customers, including checking and savings accounts, loans and currency exchange.


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


Tangible objects that satisfy economic wants.


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.

Public Goods

Goods, often supplied by the government, for which use by one person does not reduce the quantity of the good available for others to use, and for which consumption cannot be limited to those who pay for the good.


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


Compulsory payments to governments by households and businesses.


Desires that can be satisfied by consuming or using a good or service. Economists do not differentiate between wants and needs.


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.