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LIABILITY: Something that you owe. The biggest liabilities for most consumers are loans, including mortgages, car loans, credit-card balances, and installment accounts at stores.

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TANSTAAFL: A rather cumbersome and usually hard to remember acronym for the expression "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. This is a favorite saving of many economists because it highlights, albeit in a grammatically questionable manner, the fundamental problem of scarcity. The phrase serves to emphasize that seemingly "free" lunches are not really free. While they might be free to the customer, someone must pay, that is, incur an opportunity cost of foregone production. The lunch eaten by one person cannot be eaten by another.

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RISK POOLING

The process of combining the risks facing individuals into larger groups. This process can be used effectively to transfer individual risks to the entire group. This makes it possible to calculated the risk for the group. Risk pooling is the standard technique that enables the provision of insurance services.

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There were no banks in colonial America before the U.S. Revolutionary War. Anyone seeking a loan did so from another individual.
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