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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.

factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.

factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.

factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
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AB0255 The Association between Rheumatoid Factor Positivity and Effects of Treatment with A First Biologic Agent in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Smoking increases rheumatoid arthritis susceptibility in individuals carrying HLA-DRB1 Shared Epitope, regardless of rheumatoid factor or anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody status.
9]/L Erythrocyte 10 mm/h sedimentation rate C-reactive protein 13 mg/L Antinuclear antibody Negative Rheumatoid factor Negative Sodium 141 mmol/L Potassium 4.
INDEX TERMS: anti-CCP; rheumatoid arthritis; rheumatoid factor.
Women who lacked the GSTM1 gene and had ever or currently smoked were three times more likely to be rheumatoid factor positive than women who lacked the gene and had never taken up cigarettes.
Edwards sees the opportunity to use the mice to investigate aspects of his own antibody-based theory of rheumatoid arthritis, in which rheumatoid factor is the central culprit.
Rheumatoid factor is positive in 10% of cases and most importantly identifies the subset with more severe disease that is likely to develop an erosive deforming arthritis.
The investigators looked for a chemical marker for arthritis, rheumatoid factor (RF), which often precedes the onset of the disease by a number of years.
The condition usually is diagnosed by the presence of swollen joints, by X-rays that reveal erosion around the affected joints, and by the presence of antibodies in the blood known as rheumatoid factor.
Researchers have previously noted the presence of rheumatoid factor antibody -- often a leading indicator of rheumatoid arthritis -- in people with alcoholic liver disease.
The anti-CCP2 assay is as sensitive as the rheumatoid factor test but with much higher specificity.
small joint involvement, at least 6 months disease duration, positive serology for rheumatoid factor (RF) or anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) and presence of any one of the acute phase inflammatory markers i.

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