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(Assuming you don't just roll it over each time, which is perfectly valid, but if that's all you're ever going to do, why not just go longer and get the higher rate in the first place?)

I'm not sure what you mean by "go longer" since we are talking about 10 year bonds but if you mean invest the whole amount in one pop maturing in ten years that would be defeating the purpose of the ladder in the first place. The ladder is to not have everything tied up in one point of time in that 10 year span and risk being at a low point in the interest rate cycle with all your funds.
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