DEFINED CONTRIBUTION Definition

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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION is a pension design that defines the amount of contributions, usually a percentage of salary. The benefits payable at retirement depend on factors such as future investment return and annuity rate at retirement. If a plan is registered for tax purposes, the maximum contribution amount (usually a percentage of earnings or income up to a dollar limit) is defined by tax regulations.

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DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION is the standard line item in an income statement that sums: Depreciation, the non-cash expense of a tangible investment over time and Amortization, the non-cash expenses of an intangible investment over time.

FUNDAMENTALS are factors which are 'fundamental' to the working of a company's business, its profitability, operating costs, product prices, technical innovations, etc. Company analysis taking into account these fundamental factors facilitates share valuation. See FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS.

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