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LOAN: In general, a transaction in which a legal claim is exchanged for money. The legal claim is typically a contract or promissory note stipulating when and how the money will be repaid. The lender gives up the money and receives the legal claim. The borrower gives up the legal claim and receives the money. A loan can be either an asset or a liability, depending on who does the borrowing and who does the lending. To the borrower, a loan is a liability, something that is owed. The borrower must pay off the loan or repurchase the legal claim. However, to the lender, a loan is an asset, something that is owned. In fact, loans represent a significant part of a bank's assets.

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HOMOGENEOUS: In general, the notion that everything has identical characteristics. For example, a neighborhood might have a homogeneous culture, meaning everyone has similar income, religious preferences, and political views. In economics, it is used in a couple of different ways. One is for production, such that two or more goods are homogeneous if they are physically identical or at least viewed as identical by buyers. Another is for mathematical equations, such that an equation is said to be homogeneous if the independent variables are increased by a constant value, then the dependent variable is increased by a function of that value. In a marketing context, this is a market characterized by buyers with similar needs and wants. This group is targeted with an undifferentiated targeting strategy. The company uses only one marketing mix to satisfy this group of buyers.

     See also | homogeneous good | production function | homogeneous of degree one | homogeneous of degree n | perfect competition | independent variable | dependent variable | targeting strategy | undifferentiated | marketing |


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OWNERSHIP LIABILITY

The extent to which the owners of a business are liable for the debts of the company. The two basic liability alternatives are unlimited liability, which has no restrictions on ownership liability, and limited liability, which does have restrictions. Ownership liability is one characteristic separating legal business organizations. Proprietorships and partnerships have unlimited liability. Corporations have limited liability.

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