FISCAL QUARTER Definition

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FISCAL QUARTER is any of the four financial accounting quarters within a fiscal year. See FISCAL YEAR.

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DOOMSDAY RATIO is related to the quick (acid test) ratio in that it is a conservative approach to debt coverage. The doomsday ratio only considers the cash on hand when evaluating if an entity can cover their current liabilities. The approach is that if the business were to go bankrupt today, would the business have enough cash on hand to cover current debts. The ratio is considered a good indicator of the cash cushion of safety. It may spot cash shortages, thereby assisting in avoiding a credit crisis. It is calculated: Cash divided by Current Liabilities.

BEARER BOND is a fixed income security that does not have the owner's name registered on it. This type of instrument is now generally available only with maturities of one year or less because of changes in federal law.

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