Activity Cost Pool

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Activity Cost Pool'

In managerial accounting, a set of costs which are incurred when certain operations are performed within the organization. By accounting for all of the costs incurred in a specific activity with a pool, it is simpler to assign those costs to products and get an accurate estimate of production costs. Activity cost pool is an aggregate of all the costs required to perform a task such as production.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Activity Cost Pool'

The best example of where activity costs are tracked and studied is in manufacturing. Given a plant which produces many different products, financial managers are tasked with the problem of how to accurately assign production costs to each product. Using activity-based costing is a popular method for assigning costs since it is a good compromise between efficiency and accuracy. Assigning costs accurately is important to determine the profitability of products and subsequently, to make rational production decisions.



RELATED TERMS
  1. Overhead Rate

    In managerial accounting, a cost added on to the direct costs ...
  2. Activity-Based Management - ABM

    A procedure that originated in the 1980s for analyzing the processes ...
  3. Accrual Accounting

    An accounting method that measures the performance and position ...
  4. Unit Cost

    The cost incurred by a company to produce, store and sell one ...
  5. Activity-Based Costing - ABC

    An accounting method that identifies the activities that a firm ...
  6. Activity-Based Budgeting - ABB

    A method of budgeting in which the activities that incur costs ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are some examples of general and administrative expenses?

    In accounting, general and administrative expenses represent the necessary costs to maintain a company's daily operations ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do dividend distributions affect additional paid in capital?

    Whether a dividend distribution has any effect on additional paid-in capital depends solely on what type of dividend is issued: ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why can additional paid in capital never have a negative balance?

    The additional paid-in capital figure on a company's balance sheet can never be negative because companies do not pay investors ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. When does the fixed charge coverage ratio suggest that a company should stop borrowing ...

    Since the fixed charge coverage ratio indicates the number of times a company is capable of making its fixed charge payments ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How does additional paid in capital affect retained earnings?

    Both additional paid-in capital and retained earnings are entries under the shareholders' equity section of a company's balance ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How can I find net margin by looking a company's financial statements?

    In finance and accounting, financial statements represent the fundamental means of analyzing a company's financial position, ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Active Trading

    FYI On ROI: A Guide To Calculating Return On Investment

    Return on investment is a simple equation that can give you an edge when fine-tuning your portfolio - here's how to use it.
  2. Entrepreneurship

    Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage them.
  3. Entrepreneurship

    Getting To Know Business Models

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  4. Entrepreneurship

    Crisis Management Strategies For Business Owners

    When a PR problem arises, your company will be judged on how you handle it. Are you ready?
  5. Professionals

    Management Strategies From A Top CEO

    Find out what this winning manager did to grow one of the biggest companies in the world.
  6. Economics

    Understanding the Top Line

    Top line refers to a company’s gross sales without any reductions for discounts or returns.
  7. Economics

    What's an Allowance for Doubtful Accounts?

    The allowance for doubtful accounts represents the percentage of the accounts receivable the company expects to write-off as uncollectible.
  8. Fundamental Analysis

    Understanding Activity Ratios

    Activity ratios measure how effectively a business uses its assets.
  9. Investing Basics

    What is Accrued Income?

    In a mutual fund, accrued income is earnings that have accumulated over the year, but have not yet been paid out to shareholders.
  10. Fundamental Analysis

    Explaining the Common Size Income Statement

    A common size income statement expresses each account as a percentage of net sales.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Dog And Pony Show

    A colloquial term that generally refers to a presentation or seminar to market new products or services to potential buyers.
  2. Topless Meeting

    A meeting in which participants are not allowed to use laptops. A topless meeting organizer can also ban the use of smartphones, ...
  3. Hedging Transaction

    A type of transaction that limits investment risk with the use of derivatives, such as options and futures contracts. Hedging ...
  4. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  5. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  6. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
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!