Human CapitalHuman capital are the talents and health of people that allows them to produce future value. Generally speaking, people don't like to be referred to as capital. However, this is an important concept of economics that encourages investment in quality of life such as education and healthcare.
Cultural capital is the ability to influence within a culture. For example, the ability to speak a language or to follow the norms of a culture.
Relational CapitalRelational capital is the value of relationships and social structures. For example, a firm with a million loyal customers has more productive potential than a firm with zero loyal customers. Likewise, social structures and systems such as society, culture and community all increase the economic prospects of people.
Natural CapitalNatural capital is any natural resource that has value. This is often destroyed due to a situation known as tragedy of the commons whereby firms and individuals don't pay for their damage to these resources.
Geological Features (e.g. rocks)
Tangible CapitalPhysical things build by humans that have productive potential.
Intangible CapitalNon-physical things that have productive potential. This includes relational capital listed separately above.
Current AssetsThe assets of a business that can be quickly converted to cash or that are intended to be sold or used within a business cycle.
Financial CapitalFinancial capital is cash, cash equivalents and assets with cash value. For a business, financial capital is often classified according to its source. Equity capital is cash that was raised by the investors who own the business. Debt capital are loans from creditors that are used as capital by the business.
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An asset that can be reasonably expected to produce future value.