Ownership interest in a firm. Also, the residual dollar value of a futures trading account, assuming its liquidation is at the going trade price. In real estate, dollar difference between what a property could be sold for and debts claimed against it. In a brokerage account, equity equals the value of the account's securities minus any debit balance in a margin account. Equity is also shorthand for stock market investments.

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Acid test ratio

Also called the quick ratio, the ratio of current assets minus inventories, accruals, and prepaid items to current liabilities.

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