An asset is something valuable or useful. In business and accounting, the value of an asset is expressed as certain amount of money. The amount of money can be calculated as the amount of economic value that the asset can produce in future. The calculation is based on past transactions or events. Correct evaluation can be useful in deciding what to do with an asset.
There are two types of assets:
- tangible assets
- Fixed assets such as buildings, equipment etc.
- Current assets like inventory
- Intangible assets for example: goodwill, patents, trademarks, copyrights and computer programs
Assets have three important characteristics:
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