Finance / July 15, 2018 / Alejandra Tanner
There are many methods of distribution depreciation amount over its useful life. The following are some of the widely used methods. The total amount of depreciation for any asset will be identical in the end no matter which method of depreciation is chosen; only the timing of depreciation will be altered. Keep in mind that accelerated depreciation methods (such as declining balance or sum of the years' digits) can artificially reduce profit in the near term followed by higher profits in later terms, which can influence reported cash flows.
Annuity due is an annuity in which the cash flows occur at the start of each period. Due to the advance nature of cash flows, each cash flow is subject to the compounding effect for one additional period when compared to an otherwise similar (ordinary) annuity. The future value of an annuity due is higher than the future value of an (ordinary) annuity by the factor of one plus the periodic interest rate.
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