BARRIERS TO ENTRY Definition

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BARRIERS TO ENTRY are obstacles to the entry of new firms into a market. Barriers to entry may take various forms. They may be technical barriers, legal barriers or barriers that arise from strong branding of the product.

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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.

DISINTERMEDIATION is the diversion of savings from accounts with low fixed interest rates to direct investment in high-yielding instruments.

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