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Definition of Account

In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Account :

A right at common law and later (more importantly) in equity, requiring one party to a relationship (e.g. a partnership) to account to the other or others for moneys received or due. An account may be:

  • open or current, where a balance has not been agreed or accepted by all parties;
  • stated, where a balance has been accepted as correct by all parties; or
  • settled, where a balance has been accepted and discharged.

Account on the Stock Exchange

On the stock exchange there are settlements, bimonthly in general securities, and monthly in British consols and India Government sterling stocks. The account begins after one settlement and ends at the date of the next. Transactions are said to be “for the account,” and prices are quoted for the account, to distinguish these transactions from bargains done “for cash,” meaning for ready money. Practically, all the speculation that goes on in the stock exchange is done by buying or selling “for the account” (see CARRYING OVER in bankruptcy)[1]



  1. Robert Harry Inglis, Sir, Dictionary of Political Economy, Vol. 1, 1915

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  • Article Name: Account
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  • Description: Definition of Account In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Account : A right at common [...]

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