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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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Role of corticotropin-releasing factor in drug addiction: potential for pharmacological intervention.
The Serotonergic Projection from the Median Raphe Nucleus to the Ventral Hippocampus is Involved in the Retrieval of Fear Memory Through the Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Type 2 Receptor.
The new research focuses on a hormone that organises stress responses in mammals called corticotropin-releasing factor.
Sexually dimorphic responses of the brain norepinephrine system to stress and corticotropin-releasing factor. Neuropsychopharmacology 31:544-554, 2006.
Activity of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) gene was boosted in the amygdala, a part of the brain linked to fear and anxiety.
The corticotropin-releasing factor system as a mediator of the appetite-suppressing effects of stress in fish.
Sawchenko of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., and his colleagues turned their attention to a gene called type I corticotropin-releasing factor receptor (CRFR1), because it's widely involved in the brain's responses to stress.
There is also very elegant and interesting basic science work and supportive preliminary clinical data suggesting that corticotropin-releasing factor antagonists might offer benefits to patients with IBS and diarrhea.

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