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  1. Turnkey Solution

    A turnkey solution is a type of system that can be easily implemented into current business processes.
  2. Revenue Per Occupied Room - RevPOR

    Revenue per occupied room is an industry metric used to evaluate companies in the hotel and lodging industries.
  3. Annual Budget

    An annual budget outlines projected items on income, balance sheet and cash flow statements over a 12-month period.
  4. Runoff Insurance

    Runoff insurance is an insurance policy provision that covers claims made against companies that have been acquired, merged ...
  5. Employer's Liability Insurance

    Employer's liability insurance protects employers from financial loss if a worker has a job-related injury or illness not ...
  6. Personal Lines Insurance

    Personal lines insurance includes property and casualty insurance products that protect individuals from losses they couldn’t ...
  7. Facultative Reinsurance

    Facultative reinsurance is purchased by a primary insurer to cover a single risk or a block of risks held in the primary ...
  8. Treaty Reinsurance

    Treaty reinsurance is a type of reinsurance in which the reinsurance company accepts all of a particular type of risk from ...
  9. Cross-Liability Coverage

    Cross-liability coverage is an endorsement for insurance policies that cover multiple parties, in which one party sues another ...
  10. Excess Of Loss Reinsurance

    Excess of loss reinsurance is a type of reinsurance in which the reinsurer indemnifies the ceding company for losses that ...
  11. Quota Share Treaty

    A quota share treaty is a pro rata reinsurance contract in which the insurer and reinsurer share premiums and losses according ...
  12. Adventure Capitalist

    An adventure capitalist is an investor who backs higher risk startups.
  13. What is the Difference Between Variable Cost and Fixed Cost in Economics?

    Learn what total costs are comprised of, what variable costs and fixed costs are, and the main difference between them.
  14. Reinsurance Ceded

    Reinsurance ceded is the portion of risk that a primary insurer passes to a reinsurer.
  15. W-4 Form

    A form completed by employees to tell employers their tax situation (exemptions, status, etc.), showing how much tax to withhold ...
  16. Cash Balance Pensions: Pros, Cons for Small Biz

    Are cash balance pensions the right solution for your small business clients?
  17. 10 Ways to Improve Cash Flow

    Cash flow is king. Here are a few ways to fatten it up.
  18. Understanding Periodic vs. Perpetual Inventory

    An overview of the two primary inventory accounting systems.
  19. Wash-Out Round

    A wash-out round is when the owners and management of a company often stand to lose control.
  20. Dry Hole

    A dry hole is when a business venture no longer generates revenue and has no prospects for future customers.
  21. What are the Four Types of Economic Utility?

    Understand the four main types of economic utility that apply to transactions between consumers and businesses: form, time, ...
  22. Limited Entrepreneur

    A limited entrepreneur is a person who does not take active management of a limited liability company they have interest ...
  23. Closely Held Stock

    A closely held stock is when the vast majority of common shares are controlled by a small group.
  24. What Are the GAAP Standards for Digital Documents?

    Learn how Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 affects document storage requirements under GAAP.
  25. What You Should Know About Net Neutrality

    The FCC has voted to repeal net neutrality rules, here is what that mean for us.
  26. Judo Business Strategy

    Judo business strategy is a plan which applies martial arts principles to dealing with industry rivals.
  27. Recency, Frequency, Monetary Value - RFM

    A marketing analysis tool called Recency, Frequency, Monetary Value is used to identify a firm's best customers.
  28. Advocacy Advertising

    Advocacy advertising is marketing that seeks to support a particular message or cause rather than pitch products.
  29. Freelancer

    A freelancer is an individual who earns money on a per-job or per-task basis, usually for short-term work
  30. Should You File for Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether bankruptcy will help or hurt your financial situation.
  31. W-2 Form

    The W-2 form reports an employee's annual wages and the amount of taxes withheld from his or her paycheck.
  32. Using Life Insurance to Help Cover Your Business

    Here are the answers to some questions commonly asked when using life insurance to cover the costs of your business when ...
  33. Active Partner

    An active partner is an invested person that takes on duties that regularly involve them in the daily operations of a partnership.
  34. Target Return

    Target return is a pricing model that takes into account the amount of money invested into a business and the percentage ...
  35. Discriminating Monopoly

    A discriminating monopoly is a market-dominating company that charges different prices to different consumers.
  36. Value Network

    The connections among individuals or organizations that benefit the entire group are collectively called a value network.
  37. Microcredit

    Microcredit is an extremely small loan given to impoverished people to help them become self employed.
  38. Articles Of Incorporation

    Articles of incorporation refers to a set of formal documents filed with a government body to legally document the creation ...
  39. In M&A how does an all-stock or all-cash deal affect the equity of the buying company?

    Mergers and acquisitions are becoming increasingly popular forms of corporate restructuring and can affect the buying company's ...
  40. What's the difference between the hurdle rate and the high water mark?

    Discover how hurdle rates and high water marks are used by hedge funds for calculating incentive or performance fees charged ...
  41. Upper Management

    Executives and other leaders, known as upper management, hold the primary decision-making power at a company.
  42. What is the difference between an operating expense and a capital expense?

    Learn the differences between an operating expense and a capital expense, and see how they are treated for tax and accounting ...
  43. Where Do Companies Keep Their Cash?

    Cash and cash equivalents are the first items on a company's balance sheet, but they are not same.
  44. Promotional Budget

    A promotional budget is money set aside to promote a business' or organization's products or beliefs.
  45. Pre-Money Valuation

    Pre-money valuation is the the value of a company before it receives outside investments.
  46. What are the primary advantages of forming a joint venture?

    Learn how the advantages of a joint venture make this business strategy a good alternative to mergers and acquisitions for ...
  47. How important are business ethics in running a profitable business?

    Learn how business ethics as a guiding philosophy within a company can have a drastic impact on long-term profitability and ...
  48. Why is game theory useful in business?

    Once hailed as a revolutionary interdisciplinary phenomenon, game theory is actually applicable in today's business world. ...
  49. 8 Steps To Becoming Your Own Boss

    Your step-by-step guide to leaving the nine-to-five world and striking out on your own ... successfully.
  50. The 2017 Financial Fitness Tour

    A look at Investopedia and American Century's 2017 Financial Fitness Tour.
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Hot Definitions
  1. Bond

    A bond is a fixed income investment in which an investor loans money to an entity (corporate or governmental) that borrows ...
  2. Whole Life Insurance Policy

    A life insurance contract with level premiums that has both an insurance and an investment component. The insurance component ...
  3. Compound Annual Growth Rate - CAGR

    The Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) is the mean annual growth rate of an investment over a specified period of time longer ...
  4. Capital Asset Pricing Model - CAPM

    A model that describes the relationship between risk and expected return and that is used in the pricing of risky securities. ...
  5. Internal Rate Of Return - IRR

    A metric used in capital budgeting measuring the profitability of potential investments.
  6. Current Ratio

    The current ratio is a liquidity ratio that measures a company's ability to pay short-term and long-term obligations.
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