Investor Glossary-balanceInvestor Glossary-balanceInvestor Glossary-balanceInvestor Glossary-balanceInsightful stock market charts - Click here
investor
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Balance

The HTML to link to this page
 

In accounting, the balance of an account is defined as the sum of all debits and credits to that account. An account balance can be either current, including all such debits and credits or defined for a period ending earlier. For example, the balance due on an invoice reflects the total of all charges accrued and all payments recorded to date. To balance an account is to determine the balance by recording and tallying all applicable debits and credits. A balance sheet is a part of the financial statement for a company that shows the aggregate balance for both assets and liabilities, and therefore owners' equity. The term balance is also used to describe national trade accounts, as in trade balance or balance of payments.



Rate this balance definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day


Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.


Popular Terms: Key Rate Duration, EBITDA, phantom income, debt service coverage, inflation, liquidity ratio, wholly-owned subsidiary, limit order, Zero Cost Collar, FTSE, LIBOR, required rate of return, covered put, 401a, class C shares, diluted share, annual return, APR, stock market close, VIX, current ratio, labor relations, 144a, ex-dividend date, 1035 exchange, cancelled check, per diem, implied volatility, real GDP, minority interest, margin rate, command economy, ex-dividend, quality assurance, irrevocable trust, risk management, in escrow, reverse mortgage, retained earnings, deferred tax, dividends payable, average price per share, option premium, balance sheet, open position, 1031 exchange, stock split, FICO score, deferred revenue


Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
Investor Glossary | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
©2004-2015 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use