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English definition of “cost of capital”

cost of capital

noun [S]
 
 
ECONOMICS, FINANCE the amount of money that a company must pay out in dividends to it shareholders, and in interest on bonds and other loans: British biotechs now find themselves with less flexibility and a higher cost of capital. Determining the cost of capital allows you to calculate what return on investment is necessary to compensate you for the risk you are taking.
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