Purchase accounting

Definition:

Method of accounting for a merger that treats the acquirer as having purchased the assets and assumed the liabilities of the acquiree, which are then written up or down to their respective fair market values. The difference between the purchase price and the net assets acquired is attributed to goodwill.

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Expected future return

The return that is expected to be earned on an asset in the future. Also called the expected return.

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