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ACTUARIAL SCIENCE Definition
ACTUARIAL SCIENCE applies mathematical and statistical methods to finance and insurance, particularly to the assessment of risk. Actuaries are professionals who are qualified in this field.
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OPPORTUNITY COST is widely used in business planning in evaluating capital investment. A company measures the projected return against the anticipated return it would receive on a highest yielding alternative investment that contains a similar risk profile.
INDUSTRY ANALYSIS includes, but is not limited to: a. Definition of the industry; b. Industry Life Cycle - growth, maturity or decline; c. Industry History - how old is the industry; d. In-depth historical financial performance ratio analysis; e. Industry Trends - cyclical or seasonal, increased competition etc.; f. Industry Influential Factors - does economy, government, or competition effect industry; g. Primary Competitors along with entry risk and barriers to entry; and, h. Projected Industry Sales - total sales in the industry.