LADDER Definition

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LADDER is a form of diversification in which investments with widely varying maturities are held within an invest­ment portfolio. Spreading investments over a range of maturities reduces interest rate risk on reinvestment by averaging out interest rate cycles. This strategy assures a continuous cash flow over time with some potential sacrifice of optimum total return.

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

DEBIT RECORD (DR) is an entry in a double-entry bookkeeping system recording an increase in an asset or an expense, or a decrease in liability, or owners equity item. Debit entries are conventionally made on the left-hand side of T accounts.

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