please define for me the term "impairment charges"?Hi Tom,I'm not familiar with the term. Here is a definition of impairmenthttp://www.investorwords.com/i1.htm#impairmentThe amount by which stated capital is reduced by distributions and losses. Capital probably refers to the net worth or book value of a company. When I see the word "stated", it makes me think that it is a change from a public financial statement (10-K or 10-Q).Here is an article I found about impairment charges as they relate to goodwill:http://www.technet.org/issues/comment_letter.phtmlI hope this helps put to put your question in to context.Fool On,Keith O'MalleyTMF KGOMalley
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