FLOAT Definition

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FLOAT is 1. the time between the deposit of checks in a bank and when the amount is truly accessible; 2. the amount of funds represented by checks that have been written but not yet presented for payment. Some entities will play the float by writing checks although there are insufficient funds actually on deposit to cover the checks; and, 3. total shares outstanding less any shares held by officers, directors or beneficial owners of 10% or more. Also called publicly held shares.

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MONITOR, generally, is to keep tabs on; keep an eye on; or, keep under surveillance. In business, it is a person or firm appointed to review and report on, without controlling or approving, the day-to-day transactions of a business. Particulars of the engagement are usually set out in an exchange of letters, an agreement or court order.

BATCHING, in accounting, is the gathering and organizing of incoming invoices prior to processing.

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