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Tip of the Day Have An Emergency Fund

Have An Emergency Fund - In life, things happen that we don't expect, car breaks down or an appliance dies, and unless you have an emergency fund tucked away you...

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Depreciation

Definition: Long-term assets are depreciated to account for the reduction in economic value over time. 

For example, if you bought a car for $20,000 and intended to keep it for 5 years, it wouldn't make much sense to have it valued at $20,000 on the books at year five.  Instead, you would depreciate it over its useful life.  In year 5, it may only be worth $6,000.

Advice: Depreciation is a figure that many companies may try fidgeting with.  By simply extending the useful life of their assets, this will reduce depreciation expense.  Or some companies will try to reduce the useful life to increase depreciation expense and reduce their taxes.

Depreciation expense is also more important in some industries than others.  For example, it's not very important in real estate because buildings tend to increase in value.

 

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Definition of the Day Claim Dilution

Claim Dilution - a claim dilution is a decrease in the likelihood that one or more parties in a contract will be repaid in full.  A dilution is a change on earnings per share of a stock, and a claim dilution may occur if the following happens. A company adds...

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