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    The Yahoo Small Business Dictionary defines, explains, and cross-references more than 1,800 key small business words, phrases, acronyms, and concepts, covering topics including small business finance, management, sales, startup, exit strategy, and growth. To use the dictionary, type a word in the search box or click a letter to browse the listings alphabetically.

    Ability to pay
    Refers to the borrower‘s ability to make interest and principal payments on debts. See: Fixed charge coverage ratio. In context of municipal bonds, refers to the issuer‘s present and future ability to create sufficient tax revenue to fulfill its contractual obligations, accounting for municipal income and property values. In context of taxation, notion that tax rates should be determined according to income or wealth.

    Glossary provided by Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance at Duke University.
    Copyright © 2006, Campbell R. Harvey. All worldwide rights reserved. Do not reproduce without explicit permission.

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