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Sinking fund  

Definition 1.

A fund to which money is added on a regular basis that is used to ensure investor confidence that promised payments will be made and that is used to redeem debt securities or preferred stock issues.
 

Definition 2.

A fund into which a company sets aside money over time, in order to retire its preferred stock, bonds or debentures.
 

Definition 3.

A special reserve account created by a bond issuer. The issuer promises to put money into the account at regular intervals and to use the cash that accumulates to redeem the bonds. A sinking fund gives bondholders an extra layer of protection against default.
 

Definition 4.

A means of repaying funds advanced through a bond issue. The issuer makes periodic payments to a trustee, who retires part of the issue by purchasing the bonds in the open market.
 
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