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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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The principle findings in this study are that those with elevated levels of rheumatoid factor had higher long term risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
ABBREVIATIONS: AFA = antifilaggrin autoantibodies; AKA = antikeratin antibodies; APF = antiperinuclear factor; CCP = cyclic citrullinated peptide; CRP = C-reactive protein; DMARDS = disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs; ELISA = enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; ESR = erythrocyte sedimentation rate; Ig = immunoglobulin; MTX = methotrexate; NSAIDS = non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; PAD = peptidylarginine deiminase; RA = rheumatoid arthritis; RF = rheumatoid factor.
Decrease of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies and rheumatoid factor following anti-TNFalpha therapy (infliximab) in rheumatoid arthritis is associated with clinical improvement.
Although no significant relationship was found between markers of childhood infection and the presence of rheumatoid factor in men, women who shared a bedroom during childhood had a significantly lower risk of being rheumatoid factor positive (odds ratio 0.
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.
8) Rheumatoid factor was quantified using an IMMAGE nephelometer (Beckman/Coulter).
A Diagnosing JRA involves a medical history, physical exam, and possibly a number of laboratory tests, including blood tests to measure inflammation and detect antinuclear antibodies, rheumatoid factor, or sometimes HLA-B27.
After adjusting for known risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis, such as age and sex (women are more likely to have the disease), it was found that the patients who had smoked in the past or were current smokers were more likely to have high levels of rheumatoid factor and were at an increased risk for bone erosion.
The validity of the test was established in both seropositive patients (positive for either rheumatoid factor and/or anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies) and seronegative patients (negative for both).
Rheumatoid factor (RF) is an antibody against human or animal immunoglobulin (Ig) and most often belonging to the IgM class.

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