ASSET VALUATION Definition

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ASSET VALUATION is the process of determining the current worth of a portfolio, company, investment, or balance sheet item. The term is often used to describe the worth of an asset which may be incorporated into company accounts, where the ownership of the asset is not necessarily to be transferred but the valuation is required for the balance sheet, company takeovers, share flotation or mortgages.

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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.

 EQUIPMENT TRUST CERTIFICATE is a bond that is secured by a first claim (lien) on certain equipment. The title to the equipment is held in trust until the bond is paid off.

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