Depending on who you ask, you might end up with a variety of definitions of what is a financial asset. Sometimes, you might hear an asset is something of value. There are times you might hear that an asset is something that appreciates in price. I do not think that there is a right or wrong definition as everyone has different views. While there are many definitions of a financial asset, the one that I most agree is that an asset is defined as something that generates revenue or income. An asset may not necessarily appreciate in price or value but it must generate revenue and income. I personally think this is the foundation of what financial freedom is.

Something (an asset) needs to work hard for you so that you don't. What about “assets” that does not generate revenue or income but appreciates in value? These “assets” while considered by many to be a financial asset, in my opinion is not considered as an asset because it will not help or make life any better until it is sold for a profit. What is the point of an asset when it does not help you right now or immediately? What do you do when you need money?

Even worse, what do you do when you need money and this particular “asset” cannot be sold for a profit? Understanding what is an asset is important in your financial journey because it will determine what you invest in today. If you invest in “assets” that will appreciate in the long run but cannot help you when you are in financial need, then you might be investing the wrong way. It is similar to know who you friends are in life. Friends are people you can count on when you are in need. Is your asset a friend or a foe when you are in financial need?

This principle holds true whether you are in Malaysia or any part of the world. For a safe financial journey, a friendly asset is something that will come to your aid in good times and in bad times. If you are investing for capital appreciation, then this “asset” will only be there when there are good times. Investing for capital appreciation would mean that you are hoping the price would increase so that you can sell for a profit. This is a trait of a trader – not a typical investor. What you might want is to focus investing the right way for assets that will be there, good or bad times, to help you out every month.

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26 thoughts on “What Is The Definition Of Lupus

  1. C L

    Can you breed a domesticated fox and a border collie?
    Is it possible?
    Foxes aren’t more closely related to cats, that’s just dumb, they’re canines.

    I was curious and just asking a question, thank you to those who gave me proper answers.

    1. hai

      No. They won’t even attempt to mate and, if you forced them to, they probably aren’t genetically compatible.

      Species are defined based on mating behavior. If two types of animals have mating behavior that doesn’t result in them copulating, then they are by definition different species.


      No, you can’t breed a Coyote (Canis latrans) with any type of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) because they’re different species. You can breed any domestic dog with wolves (Canis lupus) because they’re the same species =]. You can cross breed both wolves and domestic dogs with Dingos (Canis lupus dingo) because they’re the same species. But none of them can be bred with African Wild Dogs.

      No, foxes (Vulpes vulpes) are not more closely related to cats than dogs. They’re much more closely related to Gray wolves than cats.

      BTW, you can buy so called domesticated Gray Foxes =] They’re very docile, but a bit more independent than domestic dogs.

  2. AquaGuy

    How do I know I am not imagining my Spirit animal?
    I think my Spirit animal is a Canis Lupus but how can I am not imagining it?

    1. Bigsumo

      You ARE imagining it, that is the whole point. When you meditate, and the image you see is of the wolf, you are creating an internal image, the definition of imagine. If you were to physically see a wolf, you might consider evasive action.

  3. emilie

    Is therea any dog breeds with African wild dog in them?
    I was wondering if there are any pet dog breeds that have the African wild dogs in their blood lines. I know there’s some with dingos and wolves but what about African wild dogs?
    There are dogs with wolves and dingos in them. Almost all breeds come from wolves and some like my dogs the alstralian cattle dog come from dingos also.

    1. Brownie

      I have never heard of dogs with African wild dog, though I have heard of dogs that came from dingoes, and of course wolves (dogs ARE gray wolves themselves afterall -____-).

      @Lily: You are extremely ignorant. Just because an animal isn’t domesticated doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make them good pets. That just depends on your definition of a “good pet.” Don’t push your thoughts/feelings onto others. There are some that are perfectly capable of building large enclosures that rival zoos for their animals. Most people who get these animals know very well what they’re getting into and are not expecting a dog-tame, friendly tiger they can keep in their homes. Research first before you spout rumors and lies spread by Animal Rights (not Animal welfare) groups! Yes, there is a giant difference between the two!

      EDIT: I read what akluis said about the scientific name of the African wild dogs, and if that is true, African wild dogs and dogs/wolves are completely different species and cannot interbreed.

      @James, if African wild dogs do not start with “canis” as their genus for their scientific name, then in no way can they breed with dogs (dogs= canis lupus, wolves = canis lupus = same species. African wild dogs= Lycaon pictus = different species.)

  4. Keith M

    What does the medical term erythematosus mean?
    Trying to find a definition of the medical word/term “erythematosus” by itself, not combined with other words. This word is normal used in combination with other medical words/terms describing a disease. Its is most often used and found in my internet searches with the medical term “systemic lupus erythematosus”. Since latin is used a lot in medicine, my guess is it is of latin origin.

    1. Michael O

      Erythmatous means “erythema characteristic” or “red inflammation”. The word part erythr- means “red”. Lupus interestingly enough means “wolf” and alludes to the skin looking as if a wolf had gnawed on it.

  5. Elizabeth

    What is a word with the definition difficult to deal with?
    I’m typing a paper and I need a word that will summarize how something is difficult to deal with.
    This is the sentence: While determining diagnosis accuracy is going on in some studies; there are others that are testing different medications so as to try and cure some of lupus’ _______ side affects.

    1. techno-not

      Lupus’s most bothersome

      Also, try shifting your sentence for clarity. “While some studies focus on determining accuracy of diagnoses, other studies focus on testing various medications to find remedies for some of lupus’s most bothersome side effects.”

  6. Tyrome

    Is it true that wolves and coyotes are just different breeds of the same species?
    I heard that they can produce fertile offspring together, is this true?

    1. Leolupus

      You have to be careful of terminology here. A breed is a variety of domestic animal that has been selectively bred by humans to have different characteristics to others of its species – for example, German Shepherd and Rottweiler are breeds of dog, Shire and Arab are breeds of horse, and so on. Wild animals do not have breeds.

      Wolves and coyotes can indeed produce fertile offspring together – this is true of all members of the genus Canis (wolves, dogs, dingoes, coyotes and jackals). The old definition of a species was animals that can produce fertile young together, so under this definition wolves and coyotes would be the same species. However, this definition is now recognised as being too simplistic, since wolves and coyotes are different animals physically, behaviourally and genetically. They are classified as different species – the grey wolf as Canis lupus, the red wolf as Canis rufus, the Ethiopian wolf as Canis simensis, and the coyote as Canis latrans. There is more to defining a species than whether or not two animals can have fertile young.

  7. zaïd

    How do scientists know if animal x is a new species rather than a variation in a species?
    A blond, white, blue eyed human and a dark-haired, dark-skinned, dark-eyed human are still homo sapiens.

    Different breeds of dogs are still canis lupus familiaris (right?), even though they look very different from each other.

    What is the threshold? How many variations/mutations does a species need to have, for it to be qualified a new species?

    1. gardengallivant

      Emucompboy is correct the current basis used to define a species is gene flow. Some species do not look or behave similarly but keep gene flow like the canids. Others look and behave similarly but are found to be genetically distinct like the red crossbill finches that share common territory. The Loxia curvirostra finch complex are a group of seed-eating finches specialized for extracting seeds from conifer cones but they have no gene flow despite shared habitat.
      The problem is this definition is biased to sexually reproducing organisms. There is a need is for a unified definition that applies to all known organisms whether vegetal, mammalian or microbial and will adapt to newly discovered organisms and to fossilized extinct versions. Further all species are mutable so every population’s boundaries are eternally shifting as the group responds to the changing environment so the definition must be adaptable.

      A phylogenetic or evolutionary cladistic definition works better with both asexual and fossil organisms because it is based on morphology and metabolic systems plus genetic patterns. This deals better with adaptive and historical relationships. The difficulty is where to place the limits. How many differences in shape and sequence denote a species.

  8. H

    How is race viewed in anthropology?
    Scientists don’t even really know how to define a species for sure, much less give a strict definition to the genetic diversity in our own species.

    So how is race viewed in anthropology? Do they have a clear cut definition of white people, if so what groups are white? What about the definition of black people? What about the genetic mixtures across the earth, like South America and the Middle East?


    1. Richard

      At one time, most anthropologists considered race as a set of physical characteristics which could be used to separate humans into groups. This is no longer considered a viable concept.

      Biological science has currently advanced to the point where several genome projects have started to define the different living species depending upon their DNA coding. Using this data, it is more or less agreed that all breeds of dogs are just variations of the species Canis lupus. Similar results can be applied to domestic cats (Felis catus), cattle (Bos primigenius), and others.

      Some results seem most remarkable, such as the species Brassica oleracea which includes such a wide diversity of cultivars including cabbage, kale and collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi and others.

      There are currently no genetic markers which can reliably separate humans into races.

  9. Jus

    Whats the Difference Between a wolf and a dog ?
    And no I am not planning to try it but has anyone ever tried taking a wolf pup treated it like a dog pup if so what happened When fully grown did act like a dog ?

    1. Leolupus

      Opinion varies on whether domestic dogs are a species in their own right, Canis familiaris, or a subspecies of the grey wolf, Canis lupus (this classification would make dogs Canis lupus familiaris).

      The domestic dog is the descendant of the grey wolf, and the two remain close enough to interbreed and produce fertile young. It is worth considering the following points: dogs and wolves are not genetically identical. Dogs share around 98-99% of their DNA with wolves (bear in mind that chimpanzees share around 98% of their DNA with us, so if dogs are wolves, are chimps human?). There are often vast physical differences between dogs and wolves – in my opinion, it is ridiculous to call a Dachshund or a Chihuahua a wolf, which is what you’re doing if you classify them as the same species. There are behavioural differences too. Dogs retain juvenile characteristics into adulthood, which wolves lose as they grow up. Dogs mate with multiple partners, whilst wolves are monogamous. Female dogs come into season twice a year, female wolves only once. Male dogs are fertile all year round, male wolves only during the breeding season. Dogs have lost much of their predatory instinct, whereas wolves have not – these are essential for their survival, but are not needed by dogs who are fed by humans. Dogs love people and want to be around them, whilst wolves are afraid of people and will avoid them whenever possible. Taking all these things into consideration, I personally feel the two should be classified as different species.

      Many people have raised wolves from cubs, but whilst they may appear domesticated, they will always their wild instincts, which generations of selective breeding have largely eliminated from dogs. For example, you can teach a dog that your pet rabbit is not to be attacked, but a wolf will always see a small animal like this as prey. They are also more destructive if kept in the home – most people who own wolves keep them in large outdoor enclosures, as they do not respect furniture. It’s also in a wolf’s nature to constantly test its position in the pack, and try to attain higher rank. You must regularly assert yourself with a wolf, to ensure it knows you are dominant, whereas a dog is usually content to learn its place once and stick to it. In many countries, it is illegal to own a wolf without a Dangerous Wild Animals licence (if dogs are classified as wolves, this presents a problem – you would either require this licence to own a dog, or would be able to own a wolf without one).

      In response to J E’s answer, I’d just like to point out that the definition stating that two animals are the same species if they can interbreed and produce fertile offspring is now recognized as being too simplistic. For example, all members of the genus Canis – wolves, dogs, dingoes, coyotes and jackals – can interbreed and produce fertile offspring. According to the old definition, this would make them all the same species, and this is clearly not the case. Physically, behaviourally and genetically, a grey wolf and a coyote, say, are different species – they’re just very closely related.

  10. Swag* The Libra Chick

    Subspecies have not lost their ability to reproduce with members of a different subspecies within the same sp?
    Subspecies have not lost their ability to reproduce with members of a different subspecies within the same species.


    1. ob1knob

      Read your text book, it’s the definition of species and subspecies.
      – dogs and wolves can interbreed -> subspecies of the same species (Canis lupus)
      – horses and donkeys produce an infertile hybrid: the mule -> 2 different species
      – cats and yellow canaries can’t interbreed -> 2 different species

  11. Maria

    Are wolves and dogs the same species?
    I’m not sure if they would be the same or not using the typological species concept.
    I know some consider Canis lupus and Canis familiaris the same species, but others do not.
    What do you think it would be with the typological species concept?

    1. Cal King

      Using the typological species concept, the domestic dog would not be considered the same species as the wolf, since they differ morphologically from one another. Some taxonomists consider the domestic dog a subspecies of Canis lupus, but that violates the conceptual definition of subspecies, since the subspecies is defined as a geographical race. Since domestic dogs are world wide in distribution, and since there is no link between region and morphology and no domestic dogs (except feral ones) living in the wild, dogs cannot be considered a subspecies of the gray wolf using the current definition of subspecies.

      It is true that dogs and wolves interbreed freely, but the ability to interbreed in captivity and the fertility of the young are not evidence that they are the same biological species. There are many species groups that are closely related and the members of these groups can interbreed and produce fertile young, but they are still considered different biological species because they hybridize very rarely in nature according to empirical data. The reason for this is that each species is a set of closely related genotypes that are well adapted to a particular ecological niche. Hybridization between different species would mean that the resultant genotype is no longer well adapted to the ecological niches of either parental species. A hybrid between a diving duck and a dabbling duck, for example, may not dabble or dive as well as the purebreds. As such, the hybrid may be selectively disadvantaged and are therefore less fit. Over time, these unfit hybrids would simply disappear from the gene pool because of natural selection, and mechanisms that would prevent more interbreedings (i.e. premating isolation) may arise.

      Since there is no domestic dogs living in the wild, except perhaps for the dingo of Australia, which is probably descendants of a few feral domestic dogs, and therefore virtually no contact between wild domestic dogs and wolves in nature, and since wolves and domestic dogs have maintained their separate morphotypes despite occasional interbreeding between feral dogs and wolves, perhaps it is more scientifically tenable to regard the domestic dog as a full species, distinct from the wolf, and created by domestication.

  12. Daniel

    Are cats of a different breed of different species too?
    Felis catus, or domestic house cat. So why do they all look different? Are they from a different species at all? Or does the Taxonomy (naming system) go further down then species to breeds. What a breed? Do fish have breeds too?

    1. susan n

      All domestic cats, Felis catus, are recent descendants of Felis silvestris. Some classify our domestic cats as a subspecies of Felis silvestris appending the suffix catus.

      A few breeds of domestic cats such as Bengals are hybrids with another species of small wild cat. The actual percentage of the wild species is very small – I think 1/8 is the maximum – could be wrong about that.

      If you look at the differences amongst our domestic cats, they are really very, very small compared with the much wider variation between domestic dogs (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) which are also all members of the same species.
      I think variations between cats is even less than it is between different human ethnic groups.

      To my knowledge, the taxonomic naming system splits groups of organisms no further than subspecies and all cats except for a few breeds, a tiny minority of all cats, belong to that same subspecies – or species, depending who is doing the classifying.

      Why would members of cat breed z look the way they do? Because of human interference. Someone decided they liked what cat x looked like and found another with similar traits and bred them. The kittens had traits like their parents. They were either bred with other similar cats, with each other or their parents etc, etc. Eventually, a genetically stable group of individuals bearing very similar traits was achieved – a breed.

      The reason I am not giving a definition of the word “breed” as it pertains to “breeds” of animals is that I googled and came up with several.

      Fish? I do not know.

  13. *_HoneyBunnyBella_*

    What is a good family health insurance company also with dental?
    What is a good family health insurance company also with dental?
    I’m looking for a health insurance for my family my daughter has lupus I’m not sure how to go about this. But I Need to find one that can cover me and her almost with dental. Thanks to the people that take their time to write back and help.

    1. Zarnev

      Ignore the previous answerer.

      Since September 2010 all insurance companies must accept kids under 19 as long as they’re on a policy with a parent. It no longer matters if they have a pre-existing condition or not.

      However, before someone could answer your question they’d need to know the following:

      First, they’d need to understand your definition of “good”. The best plan would normally mean the most comprehensive coverage, but with some people it means the cheapest and to others it means a combination with the coverage they need. Cheap policies usually mean limited benefits, which may be O K as long as you are aware of those limitations.
      Second, they’d need to know your height and weight because insurance companies will decline to accept you or may increase your premium based on your weight. This is only for adults 19 or over.
      Third, they’d need to know what your current health condition is because insurance companies will decline to accept you or may increase your premium based on your current health. This is only for adults 19 or over.
      Fourth, they’d need to know your location, because insurance companies do not write policies in every state.

      In other words, talk with a local agent that works with all of the major companies in your area. The agent can help you find the best plan for your situation and budget. They can explain what you get and, more importantly, what you don’t get with the “cheap” policies. There is no extra charge using an agent. This is not something that can be answered in this forum.

      Dental is always a separate policy. However, some insurance companies will include dental as an option. This doesn’t mean that the optional dental is the best for you. Some of my clients will go with the same companies’ dental while others will go with a stand-alone dental plan.

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