Definition of Cash and Cash Equivalents





What does the term "cash and cash equivalents" mean? What is meant by "cash and cash equivalents"?

You have likely come across the term "cash and cash equivalents" while reading about a company's earnings report.

Apple, for instance, has nearly $100 billion in "cash and cash equivalents" - that's an incredible pile of money.

Definition of Cash and Cash EquivalentsThe question is - what does the term actually mean?

"Cash and cash equivalents" includes the following:

-currency
-coins
-checks, money orders, banker's drafts on hand

"Cash equivalents" also includes short-term, extremely liquid investments that are easily convertible into a known amount of cash. For instance, a very short-term US Treasury security would be considered a "cash equivalent" because it is so easily transferable into cold, hard cash.




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