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A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors.


Strictly speaking, the term "holding company" might be used to describe any company that owns a majority of shares in another company. Usually, though, the term signifies a company which does not produce goods or services itself, but, rather, whose only purpose is owning shares of other companies (or owning other companies outright). Holding companies allow the reduction of risk for the owners and can allow the ownership and control of a number of different companies.


Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest publicly traded holding companies; it owns numerous insurance companies, manufacturing businesses, retailers, and other companies. Another large holding company of note is UAL Corporation, a publicly traded holding company whose only purpose is to wholly own United Airlines.


A holding company is a company that owns enough stock in another firm to control operations by influencing its board of directors.


the term "holding company" might be used to describe any company that owns a majority of shares in another company. the term signifies a company which does not produce goods or services but, rather, whose only purpose is owning shares of other companies . Holding companies allow the reduction of risk for the owners and can allow the ownership and control of a number of different companies.


Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest publicly traded holding companies.


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Revising GAAP for consolidations: join the debate. (generally accepted accounting principles) (4023 words)
The purpose of consolidated statements is to present, primarily for the benefit of the shareholders and creditors of the parent company, the results of operations and the financial position of a parent company and its subsidiaries essentially as if the group were a single company with one or more branches or divisions.
Proponents of the parent company concept are more likely to take a strict majority-ownership approach than their economic unit counterparts, who look to ownership as evidence of the ability to control rather than as a separate condition for consolidation.
Parent company proponents are likely to jump off sooner because the ownership benefits diminish as ownership levels drop, even if the minority owner is still in control.
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