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Forward vs Futures   Functions performed by both futures and forwards contracts are similar to each other, in that they allow the user of the contract to either buy or sell a specific asset at an agreed upon price during a specific time period. Even though their functions are quite similar their characteristics... 
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Compound Interest vs Simple Interest   Interest is the cost of borrowing funds from a bank/financial institution or the income gained from depositing funds in such an institution. There are two types of interest payments, which are simple interest and compound interest. Simple interest and compound interest are... 
Difference Between Primary and Secondary Markets
Primary vs Secondary Markets   Primary and Secondary markets refer to markets, which assist corporations obtain capital funding. The difference between these two markets lies in the process that is used to collect funds. The circumstances under which each market is used to raise capital, alongside the procedures... 
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Equity vs Capital   Equity and capital are both terms used to describe the ownership or monetary interest in the company that is held by the company’s owners. The meaning of both terms can vary according to the context for which they are used and the application varies depending on the subject matter being... 
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Gold ETF vs Gold Fund   The way gold prices have been increasing over the last few years, increasing the profits for those who choose it as a mode of investment, has made many people wake up and take notice. For people who want to invest, it is better to take route of either gold ETF or gold fund instead... 
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Capital Gains Tax vs Income Tax   Taxes are widely known as financial levies that are paid to the government individuals who are known to receive monetary inflows from their salaries, wages and profits made from assets. Usually, a tax is forcefully obtained, in the sense that no person will willingly pay taxes,... 
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Certificate of Deposit (CD) vs Commercial Paper   Certificates of deposit and commercial papers are both instruments used in the money market for different financial purposes. Which money market instrument is to be issued depends on the purpose for which the funds are required, with a distinction between... 
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Unit Price vs Unit Cost   Unit price and unit cost are two related terms that are confusing for many. While unit price is important from the point of view of retail customers shopping in malls and shops, unit cost is a feature holding significance for manufacturers as it is in their interest, to keep unit... 
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Liquidity vs Solvency   The terms liquidity and solvency are both associated to a firm’s ability to repay the borrowed funds to its lenders or creditors. These terms can be easily confused and are usually misinterpreted to mean the same thing. The terms liquidity and insolvency have been frequently used... 
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Gearing vs Leverage   Gearing and leverage are terms associated with the utilization of debt for the purpose of employing those funds in business operations. Gearing and leverage are terms that are so closely related to each other that it is often easy to confuse between the two, or to ignore their subtle... 
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Bad Debt vs Doubtful Debt   Bad debts and doubtful debts are terms used to refer to money that has been owed to a business, by its customers, who have obtained the goods and services prior to paying a price. The amount owed is expected to be paid within a given period, and depending on the time taken to repay... 
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Bankruptcy vs Foreclosure   An individual burdened with higher debt levels and a shortage of funds to repay debts maybe faced with bankruptcy or foreclosure. They are different from each other, because the implications to the defaulting party of either are very different. However, many people get easily confused... 
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Current Yield vs Yield to Maturity   A bond is a form of a debt security that is traded in the market and has many characteristics, maturities, risk and return levels. A typical bondholder (lender) will be entitled to an interest rate from the borrower. This interest is known as a ‘yield’ and is received... 
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Securities vs Stocks   An individual wishing to invest his excess funds may select between a number of financial assets in which to invest in. These financial instruments are of different types, characteristics, maturities, risk and return levels. The article below shows a clear picture of what it meant by... 
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FIFO vs LIFO   It is essential for a firm to keep count of the stock that is being purchased and sold in order to observe and determine the cost of inventory for the period. The calculation of this inventory cost can be done in a number of ways; two of the methods have been discussed in this article. It is... 
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Account Payable vs Note Payable (Promissory Notes)   Companies and individuals may not always possess the funds or resources to carry out business operations. In such instances, it is common practice to obtain a form of credit from banks, suppliers, and other lenders in order to fill up the necessary gap in funding.... 
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