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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005
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If further studies can prove EDRF's constriction-preventing prowess, researchers may one day devise therapies aimed specifically at improving the coronary arteries' ability to respond to stress, Yeung speculates.
Nitric oxide is a biogenic messenger, an EDRF (15,16), and it activates the guanylyl cyclase system (17) [it converts guanosine triphosphate to cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)], raising the cGMP pool and therefore inducing, among other things, vasodilatation (17) by lowering the intracellular calcium ion (16).
Oxidant stress leads to LDL oxidation, which inhibits EDRF release more than native or unoxidized LDL.
The Japanese group suggests that endothelin, with its longer-lasting effects, may have broader influence on the body's blood pressure, as opposed to EDRF's short-lived, more localized control.
As we know, both PGE2 and NO are the main endothelium-derived relaxing factors (EDRF) in humans [33-35].
The three-year BRAND project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A), with the partners being Denbighshire, Isle of Anglesey, Kildare and Dun-Laoghaire-Rathdown Councils.
The key appears to be atherosclerosis's disruption of the production of "endothelium-derived relaxing factor' (EDRF), a substance that appears to prevent constriction of blood vessels.
Wang, "Hydrogen sulfide: anew EDRF," Kidney International, vol.
Endothelium produces potent vasodilators, such as endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF, NO), ptostacyclin and endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF).
The endothelium-derived relaxing factors (EDRFs), which are predominant in healthy blood vessels and promote vascular protection, include nitric oxide (NO, Furchgott and Zawadzki 1980), endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF, Chen et al.