What is quarter?

In finance, a quarter is a three-month period on a company's financial calendar that acts as a basis for periodic financial reports and the paying of dividends. Typically, each quarter begins with the first month of a calendar quarter (January, April, July, October) and ends with the last month of that same calendar quarter.

Traditional calendar quarters

Q1: Jan 01 - Mar 31

Q2: Apr 1 – Jun 30

Q3: July 1 – Sep 30

Q4: Oct 1 – Dec 31

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