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    Amortization of intangible assets is essentially the same concept as depreciating physical (tangible) assets. If the intangible asset has a finite life (meaning the useful life of the intangible assets has a definitive end) then the company would amortize the intangible asset over the lesser of its estimated useful life (sometimes referred to as its...

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