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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.
Collins Dictionary of Business, 3rd ed. © 2002, 2005 C Pass, B Lowes, A Pendleton, L Chadwick, D O’Reilly and M Afferson

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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Elevated rheumatoid factor and long term risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective cohort study.
One patient developed an antinuclear antibody (ANA) of 1/2000 and one became rheumatoid factor positive.
(3) The only criterion based upon laboratory testing is the detection of abnormal amounts of serum rheumatoid factor (RF).
Rheumatoid factor is positive in 70% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and the antinuclear antibody is invariably positive for patients with SLE.
They also tested the women for rheumatoid factor, an immune complex found in the blood and synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
That's in large part because one of the most common features of the disease is the presence of an antibody called rheumatoid factor in a person s blood.
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 cytokines include interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and Tumour Necrosis alpha (TNF-[alpha]).12 For many years, Rheumatoid Factor (RF) was known to be the most important autoantibody and can be found in 60 to 80% of RA patients.
Interestingly, all the three cases had preceding pulmonary fibrosis, rheumatoid factor, and MPO-ANCA.

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