fixed cost

noun
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of fixed cost

  1. :  cost that remains constant and does not vary with short-term changes in production

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Financial Definition of FIXED COST

fixed cost

What It Is

A fixed cost is a cost which remains unchanged regardless of a company's level of output or revenue. It is the opposite of a variable cost.

How It Works

Fixed costs are those costs incurred by a company which are unrelated to fluctuations in productivity or sales. Examples of fixed costs include insurance premiums and leases on property. Fixed costs should not be confused with variable costs, which do fluctuate in direct proportion to productivity levels.

Why It Matters

The unchanging nature of fixed costs is beneficial for companies with increasing levels of revenue, because fixed costs allow for quicker marginal profitability at high productivity levels. However, for companies struggling to generate enough revenue to meet obligations, fixed costs can be debilitating.


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