Impairment

Definition:

Reduction in the value of an asset because the asset no longer generates the benefits expected earlier as determined by the company through periodic assessments. This could happen because of changes in market value of the asset, business environment, government regulations, etc.

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Revaluation

An increase in the foreign exchange value of a currency that is pegged to other currencies or gold.

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