ASSOCIATE Definition

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ASSOCIATE, in business, is a person brought together with a company or another person into a relationship in any of various intangible ways.

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FINANCIAL RATIO ANALYSIS is: a. an easy and valuable way to interpret and understand the numbers found in your financial statements. Understanding the relationships between the numbers can help you answer critical questions about your business -- and if you monitor the ratios on a regular basis youll gain insight into how effectively you are managing your business. And: b. lenders also like to evaluate risk by using several sets of ratios; ratios of assets to liabilities, and ratios of lender-investor dollars to owner-investor dollars. Recognize that ratios are indicators and that only you can tell the full story about your business. So the more adept you are at explaining your financial ratios to your investor/lender, the better she/he will understand your business as he/she makes a investment/credit decision.

INTEREST EARNINGS is amounts from interest on all interest-bearing deposits and accounts; accrued interest on investment securities sold; interest on funds held for construction; and interest related public debt for private purposes. Excludes interest on deposits and investments of employee retirement and other insurance trust funds; dividends from investments; accrued interest on bonds issued by the government; recorded profits on sale of investments; and accrued interest on the purchase of investments.

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