balance of payments

a comparison between total receipts and payments arising from a country's international trade in goods, services and financial transactions.

Abbreviation BOP
balance of payments capital account
items in a country's balance of payments which refer to capital investments made in or by other countries
balance of payments current account
record of imports and exports of goods and services and the flows of money between countries arising from investments
long-term balance of payments
record of movements of capital relating to overseas investments and the purchase of companies overseas
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