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  • The incremental increase in the value of an asset over time. Increases in value relate to any type of asset, such as real estate, stocks, bonds, or currency. Increases in value can occur as a result of changes in inflation or interest rates or due to growth in demand or weakening supply. An increase in the value of financial assets such as stock is referred to as capital appreciation and can be a result of the improved financial performance of a company.

    Appreciation is often used in accounting to refer to an upward adjustment of the value of an asset. More commonly, a downward adjustment is made to the value of an asset as the asset loses value due to use or age. Such an adjustment, ...

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