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BENEFIT PRINCIPLE: A principle of taxation in which taxes are based on the benefits received by people using the good financed with the tax. The benefit principle is often difficult to implement because by their very nature, many government produced goods (public goods) do not have easily measured benefits. But in those cases where benefits are identifiable, government is not shy about establishing taxes, fees, or charges in accordance with the benefit principle. Public college tuition, national park admission fees, and gasoline excise taxes are three common examples. The beneficiaries of education, a wilderness experience, and highway use are asked (required) to pay accordingly.

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DEBIT CARD: An increasing popular means of accessing the funds in a bank checking account. While debit cards look (and taste) almost exactly like credit cards, they are fundamentally different in how they are processed on a bank's end of the transaction. A credit card works through a liability (a loan with the bank). A debit card works through an asset (a checkable deposit with the bank). As such, debit cards are better suited for the title "plastic money" than credit cards.

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SIGNALLING

When confronted by asymmetric information, the use of small bits of information, or indicators, that suggest more comprehensive information. Signalling is used by those with more information to reduce the cost of informing those with less information. It is commonly used in markets with adverse selection. Methods of signalling include advertising, brand names, and warranties. A related method is screening.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time searching the newspaper want ads trying to buy either a birthday greeting card for your uncle or a T-shirt commemorating the 2000 Presidential election. Be on the lookout for broken fingernail clippers.
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Junk bonds are so called because they have a better than 50% chance of default, carrying a Standard & Poor's rating of CC or lower.
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