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FEDERAL ADVISORY COUNCIL: A group consisting of Presidents from 12 commercial banks, one from each of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. This council has no policy making role, but merely offers advice, suggestions, and feedback on how Federal Reserve policies are affecting commercial banks and their customers in non-bank public.

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MINIMUM EFFICIENT SCALE: The quantity of production that places a firm at the lowest point on its long-run average cost curve. The minimum efficient scale is highly prized by economists because it achieves production of a good at the lowest possible opportunity cost. In other words, it's not possible to produced a good any cheaper than at the minimum efficient scale. At this quantity the production involves foregoing the least amount of other goods.

     See also | production | long-run average cost curve | opportunity cost | economies of scale | increasing returns to scale | diseconomies of scale | decreasing returns to scale |

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The consolidation of two or more separately-owned businesses, operating in the same industry and producing competing products, into a single firm. This is one of three types of mergers. The other two are vertical merger--two firms in different stages of the production of one good--and conglomerate merger--two firms in separate, unrelated industries.

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