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finance lease


lease treated like purchase a lease that is treated as though the lessee had borrowed money and bought the leased assets.

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    Why lease? Management needs to test conventional answers carefully since some have limited relevance, while others are frankly contestable. Leasing is sometimes promoted for its small initial outlay, even as 100% financing. This ignores the fact that a rational lessor like a lender will seek a
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Definitions of ’finance lease’ and meaning of ’finance lease’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’finance lease’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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