DISCOUNTING is the selling of accounts receivable, usually at less than full value, to a financial entity.

STANDARD DEVIATION is a statistic used to measure dispersion equal to the square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of the deviations from the arithmetic mean.

COST OF EQUITY (COE) is the minimum rate of return a firm must offer owners to compensate for waiting for their returns, and for bearing risk. It is calculated: COE = Dividends per Share (for next year) / Current Market Value of Stock + Growth Rate of Dividends.

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