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Monetary or non-monetary gain received because of an action taken or a decision made.


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.


Money owed to someone else. Also the state or condition of owing money. Can be individual, corporate or government debt.


The study of how people, firms and societies choose to allocate scarce resources with alternative uses.


Money paid regularly, at a particular rate, for the use of borrowed money.


The quantity and quality of human effort available to produce goods and services.


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.