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ASSET STRIPPING is buying a business and then realizing a profit by selling off the assets separately.

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HISTORICAL COST CONVENTION is that assets are recorded at their initial cost and are not subsequently revalued upwards, and liabilities valued at the amount initially received in exchange for the obligation. The relevance of the convention is that figures remain objectively based on verifiable figures, but in times of high inflation historical cost can become a dubious convention to follow.

HOLDBACK is a portion of a construction loan that is not funded until the subject project is nearing completion, or the borrower has satisfied certain contractual performance requirements, such as leasing a majority of the space in the building. The amount held back is often equal to the construction firms projected profit when the building is completed.

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