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Definition of balance sheet

: a statement of financial condition at a given date

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Pensions obligations are recorded on the corporate balance sheet as a liability, while the value of the pension plan’s assets offsets that figure. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Lockheed Martin Offloads $2.6 Billion in Pension Liabilities," 29 Jan. 2019 The web site reported that a balance sheet from Miller's sports agency listed Stone as receiving $14,303 in payment. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Maryland confirms school was subpoenaed as part of FBI investigation into college basketball," 6 July 2018 The Linotte found its way onto the government’s balance sheet after the Duc de Bouillon’s lands were annexed by France following the French revolution in 1789, according to Mr. Velde’s research. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "The Bond That’s Still Paying Interest, 280 Years Later," 6 Jan. 2019 While many large companies have strong balance sheets, others have taken on a lot of debt amid the expansion and improving profit margins. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Turkey’s trouble is only the tip of a spear aimed at the economy," 14 Aug. 2018 Enormous debts were hidden from the balance sheets. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Jeff Skilling and a reminder that white-collar crime doesn’t have to pay," 4 Sep. 2018 After all, demand for medicine is far less sensitive to the economy than for most products, and balance sheets throughout the sector are strong. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Pharma Stocks Soothe Stock-Market Malady," 23 Nov. 2018 The global economy is growing in a synchronized fashion, corporate balance sheets are strong, and banks are well-capitalized. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "Dow surges at the finish in a week of heavy losses," 7 Mar. 2018 The documents in question were obtained in the discovery phase of federal investigation and includes expense reports and balance sheets from former NBA agent Andy Miller, former AAU coach Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. Scooby Axson,, "Report: Top Programs Implicated in Federal Investigation," 23 Feb. 2018

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circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of balance sheet

What It Is

The balance sheet is a financial report that lists a company's assets (what it owns), liabilities (what it owes to others), and equity.

How It Works

The first section of the balance sheet gives a detailed list of a company's assets, including long-term assets (such as real estate and machinery), current assets (anything that can easily be converted to cash in less than a year), and cash.

The second section goes over the company's liabilities, or what it owes others. This is always an important section for investors to read because even the most stable of companies will face problems if it has an unusually high amount of debt on its books (especially if it has to pay it back sooner rather than later).

The third section outlines stockholders' equity, and provides information on common and preferred stock, retained earnings, and capital surplus.

[InvestingAnswers Feature: 10 Things You Need to Know About Every Balance Sheet]

Why It Matters

A balance sheet can help both business owners and investors understand the financial health of a company. And because companies generally include the corresponding balance sheet figures from previous quarters, balance sheets can be a useful way for investors to track trends in the way a business pays off its debts, builds its assets, or improves its financial standing.

[InvestingAnswers Feature: Financial Statement Analysis for Beginners -- The Balance Sheet]

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English Language Learners Definition of balance sheet

: a statement that shows the financial condition of a company at a particular time by listing the amount of money and property that the company has and the amount of money it owes

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Legal Definition of balance sheet

: a statement of financial condition at a given date

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