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  • 1.

    transferring of foreign debts the practice of transferring title to foreign accounts receivable to a third-party factor that assumes responsibility for collections, administrative services, and any other services requested. Major exporters use factoring as a way of reducing exchange rate risk. The fee for this service is a percentage of the value of the receivables, anywhere from 5% to 10% or higher, depending on the currencies involved. Companies often include this percentage in selling prices to recoup the cost.

  • 2.

    selling firm's debts at discount the sale of accounts receivable to a third party (the factor) at a discount, in return for cash. A factoring service may be "with recourse," in which case the supplier takes the risk of the debt not being paid, or "without recourse," when the factor takes the risk.

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  • 3.

    buying of debts the practice of buying up a business's accounts receivable, providing it with working capital

Definitions of ’factoring’ and meaning of ’factoring’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’factoring’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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