What is an asset?

Asset

The general asset definition is anything possessed that is of value. But what are assets in accounting? For accounting purposes, fiscal quantifiability must define assets. Assets are the measurable resources of a company, able to be expressed in terms of a monetary value.

Assets may include cash, checking and savings accounts, profitable investments, stocks, bonds, patents, property, buildings and structures, vehicles, equipment, and machinery—anything tangible or otherwise that can be bought or sold. An asset must be fully owned by the company and contribute to profitability in some way.

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