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In classic economics, a country’s resources are called the ‘factors of production’ and are generally necessary to create goods and services (they do not form part of the final product).
The factors of production (FOP) are:
So, in this respect, strictly speaking, ‘capital’ amounts to those items that further the production process, such as tools, machinery, plant and equipment. (Some economists cite a fourth FOP: the entrepreneur, who takes the risks to organise the three factors and direct them to create new goods and services.)
However, a more contemporary definition might be the wealth (money or assets) that reveals the financial viability of an individual, organisation, or nation, and which is assumed to be available for development or investment. This may be further broken down into:
 Capital investment
This is the amount of money (funds) that has been invested in a business (or project) to help achieve its objectives. The investment may come from the owner, shareholders, bondholders, equity investors, banks, venture capital, angel investors and lenders.
 Capital employed (or funds employed)
This is the total amount of capital being used in a firm to allow it to continue as a revenue-generating business. It is the total value of all the assets employed in the business and can be calculated by taking total assets and subtracting current liabilities (or fixed assets plus current assets minus current liabilities).
This is the excess of the total current assets over the total liabilities of the firm (or current assets minus current liabilities). The formula measures a firm’s short-term liquid assets that remain after short-term liabilities have been paid off. An example would be as follows:
Accounts receivable £30,000
 Current liabilities
Accounts payable £15,000
Short-term borrowings £10,000
Liabilities accrued £5,000
So, the working capital is £70,000 - £30,000 = £40,000
Capital expenditure (sometimes abbreviated as Capex, CAPEX or CapEx) is one-off expenditure that results in the acquisition, construction or enhancement of significant fixed assets including land, buildings and equipment that will be of use or benefit for more than one financial year.
For more information see: Capical expenditure.
For more information see: Capital Gains Tax.
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- Capital gains tax.
- Cost plans.
- Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme.
- Fit out.
- Net Present Value.
- Working capital
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