price paid to buy goods, services, or assets. It equals the list price plus normal incidental costs to acquire the item including preparation, transportation, and installation.
price and all fees required to obtain a property. For example, XYZ Corp. purchases a property for $90,000 plus $5,000 in closing cost (attorney’s fees, loan fees, appraisal costs, title insurance and loan discount points). XYZ’s acquisition cost is $95,000.
Finance: price plus closing costs to buy a company, real estate or other property.
Investments: sales charge incurred to buy a load fund or the original price, plus brokerage commissions, of a security. See also tax basis.
expense of soliciting and placing new insurance business on a company’s books. It includes agent’s commissions, underwriting expenses, medical and credit report fees, and marketing support services. Because of competition, significant efforts are made by insurance companies to lower acquisition costs. Traditional captive agent companies have often turned to brokerage as additional distribution or sole distribution channels for this reason.