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This means taking advantage of your own resources or outside resources in order to achieve a better outcome. Expression that can be used in cases such as financial leverage or operating leverage.

It´s important to distinguish between financial leverage and operating leverage. The former is related to the level of indebtedness and the cost of the debt while the latter refers to the use of investments and their effect on the fixed costs of a business. The meaning and usage of leverage can be slightly different between English and Spanish.