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PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT: The acquisition of financial assets (which includes stock, bonds, deposits, and currencies) from one country in another country. In contrast to foreign direct investment, which is the acquisition of controlling interest in foreign firms and businesses, portfolio investment is foreign investment into the stock markets. Most economists consider foreign direct investment more useful than portfolio investment since this last one is generally regarded as temporal and can leave the foreign country at the first sign of trouble.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 3: The Curve Page: 12 of 24

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The slope of the production possibilities frontier is opportunity cost.

What does this have to do with it's distinct, convex shape?

  • The reason is the law of increasing opportunity cost.
  • With few calibrators produced, opportunity cost is low and curve is flat.
  • With many calibrators produced, opportunity cost is high and slope is steep.

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Information received by the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) that is old, familiar, and usual. Because redundant information is not presumed to be threatening it can be largely ignored by the automatic response that is commonly termed the "fight or flight" reaction. The alternative is novel information, which is unfamiliar and potentially threatening.

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