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Trade Discount vs Cash Discount   Discounts are a reduction on the price of the goods or services that are provided by the seller to the buyer. Discounts result in the buyer having to pay an amount less than the listed price for the products, and such discounts are usually offered for to encourage customers... 
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Savings vs Checking Account   Savings accounts and checking accounts are the two most common types of accounts that are maintained by businesses and individuals. While both savings accounts and checking accounts help the individual or business to manage their funds in some way, they are quite different to... 
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Reserve vs Provision   Provisions and reserves are important components in accounting. Reserves are seen as positive as they add onto the company’s profitability and can be used to provide for unexpected future losses, distribution among shareholders, or reinvestment in the business. Provisions, on the... 
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Fair Value vs Market Value   There are many methods that a company can use to value their assets. Companies conduct frequent analysis on the value of the assets that the business holds, in order to ascertain the total value of the business, and to see how much the business could earn in the event that an asset... 
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Gross Profit vs Operating Profit   Gross profit and operating profit are important calculations aimed at measuring the profitability levels of the firm. Both these numbers are derived from the information obtained from the company’s income statement. Gross profit shows the sales that are left once cost... 
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Gross Profit vs Gross Margin   Companies record financial information about their business activities in order to assess the financial position of the firm. A range of numbers and values are calculated for this purpose, which include the calculation of the company’s gross profit and gross margin. Close attention... 
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Central Bank vs Commercial Bank   Commercial banks and central bank are important parts of the country’s overall economy. While commercial banks offer products and services to businesses and individuals, the country’s central bank will offer products and services to the government and other commercial... 
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Payroll Tax vs Income Tax   Taxes are widely known as financial levies that are paid to the government by individuals who are known to receive monetary inflows from their salaries, wages, and profits made from assets. Taxes are usually forcefully obtained; in the sense, no person will willingly pay taxes,... 
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Yield vs Coupon   Yield and Coupon are terms that are associated with the purchase of bonds. These terms are quite different to each other, even though many have confused them to have a similar meaning. A yield on a bond is the percentage return that is earned on the bond in terms of the price paid and the interest... 
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Cartel vs Monopoly   A free market economy is an economy in which all firms will have equal opportunities for fair trade of goods and services. Such economies experience higher competition within their various industries which result in better quality products and lower prices. However, there are instances... 
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Operating Profit vs Net Profit   Net profit and operating profit are two important components in the study of accounting. Both sound very similar to each other and are, therefore, consistently confused to mean the same thing. One of the main similarities between the two is that they both appear in a firm’s... 
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Direct vs Indirect Costs   Companies experience a number of expenses in their day to day business activities. Some of these expenses can be directly associated with the production of goods and services while some of the expenses cannot be directly related to any product or project in particular. These costs... 
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Money vs Currency   Money and currency are two terms that are so closely related to one another that there almost seems to be no difference between the two. Many have confused the fact that money and currency refer to the same thing, and are, therefore, used interchangeably in many contexts. There are, however,... 
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Comprehensive vs Collision (Insurance)   Comprehensive and collision coverage are two terms that frequently surface when discussing auto insurance. Comprehensive coverage and collision coverage help protect the vehicle against losses and damages that may arise from vehicle usage. While neither of the two... 
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Domestic vs International Business   Trade is the buying and selling of goods and services. Trade may occur within domestic borders or among countries internationally. In today’s modern world companies generally trade in local and international markets so as to increase the market size to which products and services... 
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American vs European Options   Options are financial derivatives that obtain their value from an underlying asset. Options give the buyer of the option the right but not the obligation to buy or sell a financial asset at an agreed on price on a predetermined date. There are two different types of options... 
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