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LOAN LOSS RESERVES: A special account set aside by banks acting as a buffer between deposits and net worth that's used in case a loan is not repaid. Without this reserve, an unpaid loan on the asset side of a bank's balance sheet would require an adjustment of deposits or net worth on the liability side. The loan loss reserve is used for this adjustment.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 4: Goals Page: 12 of 18

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Pursuing one goal is usually at the expense of another, we have tradeoffs.

Three reasons for tradeoffs:

  • First, resources used to pursue one goal cannot be used to pursue another.
  • Second, actions that move us toward one goal can move us away from another.
  • Third, pursuing a goal may be good for some, but bad for others.
A thought:
  • Economists are inclined to stress efficiency more than others--but efficiency is only one of several goals.

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ECONOMIC THINKING

A way of looking at and analyzing the way the world works by comparing the cost of an action with the benefit generated. The study of economics is the process of economic thinking about issues related to the scarcity problem.

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