BALANCE SHEET GEARING is the ratio of interest-bearing debt to equity.

MARGINAL COST is a calculation showing the change in total cost as a result of a change in volume, e.g. if one more item of output increases the total cost by $25, the marginal cost is $25. It is usually useful to determine marginal cost because it can aid in determining if the rate of production should be altered.

RULE OF THUMB is a rough and useful principle or method, based on experience rather than precisely accurate measures.

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