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SBA: The abbreviation for Small Business Administration, which is an independent federal agency that was started in 1953 to help small business. It provides a variety of assistance, including financial, technical, and managerial help. It helps other agencies in the federal government direct contracts and spending in the direction of proprietorships and small corporations. It also provides low interest loans to small businesses that suffer from natural disasters.

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DECREASING MARGINAL RETURNS: In the short-run production of a firm, an increase in the variable input results in a decrease in the marginal product of the variable input. Decreasing marginal returns typically surface after the first few quantities of a variable input are added to a fixed input. Compare this with increasing marginal returns. You should also compare this with diseconomies of scale associated with long-run production.

     See also | short-run production | law of diminishing marginal returns | fixed input | variable input | marginal product | average product | total product | short-run production | long-run production |


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FEDERAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

A support committee of the Federal Reserve System that provides advice and input the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The Federal Advisory Council (FAC) is comprised of 12 members, one from each of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. The council members, typically commercial bank presidents from the 12 districts, are appointed by their Federal Reserve District Banks. The FAC is one of three Federal Reserve Board advisory committees. The other two Consumer Advisory Council and Thrift Institutions Advisory Council.

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It's estimated that the U.S. economy has about $20 million of counterfeit currency in circulation, less than 0.001 perecent of the total legal currency.
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