Weighted average cost of capital (WACC)

Definition:

Expected return on a portfolio of all a firm's securities. Used as a hurdle rate for capital investment. Often the weighted average of the cost of equity and the cost of debt The weights are determined by the relative proportions of equity and debt in a firm's capital structure.

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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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