Wasting asset

An asset which has a limited life and thus, decreases in value (depreciates) over time. Also applied to consumed assets, such as gas, and termed "depletion."

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wasting asset UK US noun [C] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE
an asset, such as an investment or a piece of equipment, that will continue to lose value over time: »

Property leases with less than 50 years to run are seen as wasting assets.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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