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DIRECT: The mathematical notion that two variables change in the same direction, that is, an increase in X goes with an increase in Y, or a decrease in X goes with a decrease in Y. The alternative to a direct relation is an inverse relation, in which an increase in one variable goes with a decrease in the other. Direct relations are graphically illustrated by positively-sloped curves, a common example being the supply curve.

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THRIFT INSTITUTIONS: Non-profit depository financial institutions that were originally established to provide limited banking services, often to specific groups, that were not adequately offered by traditional banks. The three primary thrift institutions are credit unions, savings and loan associations, and mutual savings banks. In recent decades these thrift institutions have broaden the range of financial services, especially offering checkable deposits, and thus operate as banks. In particular, that come under the same monetary policy regulation as traditional banks.

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AVERAGE VARIABLE COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average variable cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between average variable cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. The average variable cost curve is one of three average curves. The other two are average total cost curve and average fixed cost curve. A related curve is the marginal cost curve.

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