ANNUITY Definition

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ANNUITY, in finance, is a series of fixed payments, usually over a fixed number of years; or for the lifetime of a person, in which case it would be called a life-contingent annuity or simply life annuity.

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BOOK INVENTORY is the acquisition cost of all inventory less liabilities associated with the inventory. See BOOK VALUE.

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE are earnings per share, including common stock, preferred stock, unexercised stock options, and some convertible debt. Diluted earnings per share are usually a more accurate reflection of the companys real earning power.

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