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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.
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Between the two sectors, job function Factor IV, Occupational Analysis, and knowledge domain Factor III, Occupational Information, consistently demonstrated significant differences in importance and frequency ratings.
Factor IV contains 5 items with a mean of 15.99 (SD = 4.95), the motivation factor.
Individual factor labels and percent variance were: Factor I - Mature (40%); Factor II - Dynamic (19%); Factor III - Adaptable (8%); Factor IV - Sensitive (6%).
Factor I 27.312 Factor II 12.960 Factor III 15.289 Factor IV 14.643 Factor V 15.846
The other two factors are composed of the items belonging to the Anxiety scale originally proposed: a set of three items related to distress and generalized nervousness integrate Factor III, and three items that assessed panic symptoms comprise Factor IV. Nevertheless, the authors confirm the structural validity of the instrument because it can still be considered a single anxiety dimension (Derogatis, 2001).
Factor II has been identified as Beyond Essential Elements with 12 items; Factor III was labeled Motivation and Rewards for Teaching generated from four items; and Factor IV was inferred from four items: Pride and self esteem.