Absolute Physical Life

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Absolute Physical Life'

The length of time that it takes for an asset takes to become fully depreciated, at which time it provides no additional use. The absolute physical life is often taken into consideration when companies purchase assets. The measure is typically associated with assets that have low risk of becoming technically obsolete.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Absolute Physical Life'

When looking at the life of an asset, people can take contrasting perspectives. For example, let's examine a manager's decision to purchase new computers for his or her business. The manager may decide to base the decision on how long it will be until the computers become obsolete by conventional standards. On the other hand, if the manager isn't worried about having older technology, he or she may care only about the absolute physical life of the computers, which can be considerably longer.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Depreciation

    1. A method of allocating the cost of a tangible asset over its ...
  2. Fixed Capital

    Assets or capital investments that are needed to start up and ...
  3. Useful Life

    An estimate of how long one can expect to use an income-producing ...
  4. Life Cycle

    The course of events that brings a new product into existence ...
  5. Physical Asset

    An item of economic, commercial or exchange value that has a ...
  6. Planned Obsolescence

    A manufacturing decision by a company to make consumer products ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between earnings and income?

    The differences between earnings and income change depending on the context. Technically speaking, personal earnings are ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do you calculate shareholder equity?

    Shareholders' equity is listed on a company's balance sheet and measures its net worth. A company's shareholders' equity ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What Book Value Of Equity Per Share (BVPS) ratio indicates a buy signal?

    Book value of equity per share (BVPS) is a ratio used in fundamental analysis to compare the amount of a company's shareholders' ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is the effective interest method of amortization?

    The effective interest method is an accounting practice used for discounting a bond. This method is used for bonds sold at ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What does an unfavorable variance indicate to management?

    In managerial accounting, an unfavorable variance is discovered when a company's management performs a comparison between ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Is there a way to include intangible assets in book-to-market ratio calculations?

    The book-to-market ratio is used in fundamental analysis to identify whether a company's securities are overvalued or undervalued. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Active Trading

    An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line.
  2. Forex Education

    Depreciation: Straight-Line Vs. Double-Declining Methods

    Appreciate the different methods used to describe how book value is "used up".
  3. Stock Analysis

    How To Analyze Netflix's Income Statements

    Learn how to read Netflix's income statement, calculate net income and interpret EPS to evaluate the company's current financial condition.
  4. Economics

    Calculating Net Realizable Value

    An asset’s net realizable value is the amount a company should expect to receive once it sells or disposes of that asset, minus costs from its disposal.
  5. Investing Basics

    Calculating Unlevered Free Cash Flow

    Unlevered free cash flow (UFCF) is the free cash flow of a business before interest payments.
  6. Economics

    What are Capital Goods?

    Capital goods are assets with a useful life of more than one year that are used for the production of income.
  7. Economics

    Understanding Capital Assets

    A capital asset is one that a company plans on owning for more than one year, and uses in the production of revenue.
  8. Fundamental Analysis

    What is Year-to-Date?

    Year-to-date (YTD) is a term that describes financial results from the beginning of the current year up to the day the financial number is reported.
  9. Investing Basics

    Explaining Net Tangible Assets

    Net tangible assets is a company’s total assets subtracting both intangible assets (such as goodwill and intellectual property) and total liabilities.
  10. Economics

    What is Managerial Accounting?

    Managerial accounting is internally-based accounting that helps managers measure the results of their decisions.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Inbound Cash Flow

    Any currency that a company or individual receives through conducting a transaction with another party. Inbound cash flow ...
  2. Social Security

    A United States federal program of social insurance and benefits developed in 1935. The Social Security program's benefits ...
  3. American Dream

    The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version ...
  4. Multicurrency Note Facility

    A credit facility that finances short- to medium-term Euro notes. Multicurrency note facilities are denominated in many currencies. ...
  5. National Currency

    The currency or legal tender issued by a nation's central bank or monetary authority. The national currency of a nation is ...
  6. Treasury Yield

    The return on investment, expressed as a percentage, on the debt obligations of the U.S. government. Treasuries are considered ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!