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TRADITIONAL BANK: The original type of commercial bank that handled customer deposits and made investment loans to businesses. Traditional banks, chartered at the national, state, or local levels, were the only entities legally able to issue checking accounts prior to the 1980s. While still dominant in the banking industry, traditional banks are joined by savings and loan associations, credit unions, and mutual savings banks.

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UTILITY: The satisfaction of wants and needs obtained from the use or consumption of goods and services. The terms utility and satisfaction are, for the most part, used interchangeably in economics. Two other somewhat technical economic terms frequently used to capture this notion are welfare and well-being. Whichever term is used, the underlying concept is the same: To what extent are unlimited wants and needs fulfilled using the goods and services produced from society's limited resources.

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PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY, SUPPLY DETERMINANT

The knowledge and information that suppliers have about production (that is, production techniques or the way inputs are combined to produce outputs) which are assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed. Production technology is one of five supply determinants that shift the supply curve when they change. The other four are resource prices, other prices, sellers' expectations, and number of sellers.

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