ACCOUNTING ESTIMATE Definition

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ACCOUNTING ESTIMATE is an approximation of a financial statement element. Estimates are included in historical financial statements because some amounts are
uncertain pending outcome of future events and relevant data about events that have occurred cannot be accumulated on a timely, cost-effective basis.

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MANDATORY SPENDING is spending that is automatically obligated due to previously-enacted laws. In the United States, this would include things such as Social Security, Medicare, and the interest on the national debt. See DISCRETIONARY SPENDING.

WEIGHTED AVERAGE COST OF CAPITAL (WACC) is an average representing the expected return on all of a companys securities. Each source of capital, such as stocks, bonds, and other debt, is weighted in the calculation according to its prominence in the companys capital structure.

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