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To ensure there's money on hand to redeem a bond or preferred stock issue, a corporation may establish a separate custodial account, called a sinking fund, to which it adds money on a regular basis.
Or the corporation may be required to establish such a fund to fulfill the terms of its issue. The existence of the fund allows the corporation to present its investments as safer than those issued by a corporation without comparable assets.
However, sinking fund assets may be used to call bonds before they mature, reducing the interest the bondholders expected to receive.
sinking funda fund into which periodic payments are made which, with compound INTEREST, will ultimately be sufficient to meet a known future capital commitment or discharge a LIABILITY. Such a fund may be used to finance the replacement of FIXED ASSETS at the end of their useful life or to purchase back company loan stock or DEBENTURES upon maturity See also DEPRECIATION, definition 1.
sinking funda fund, into which periodic payments are made, that, with COMPOUND INTEREST, will ultimately be sufficient to meet a known future capital commitment or discharge a LIABILITY. Such a fund may be used to finance the replacement of FIXED ASSETS at the end of their useful life or to purchase back company loan stock or debentures upon maturity
Money set aside in a special account to which regular contributions are made by way of additional money and/or interest on the money,with the plans that by a specified date the fund will be sufficient for a particular purpose.Prospective homeowners may set up a sinking fund for a house down payment,and companies usually establish sinking funds to pay off bonds.