A debt is an obligation owed by one party (the debtor) to a second party, the creditor; usually this refers to assets granted by the creditor to the debtor, but the term can also be used metaphorically to cover moral obligations and other interactions not based on economic value.
A debt is created when a creditor agrees to lend a sum of assets to a debtor. Debt is usually granted with expected repayment; in modern society, in most cases, this includes repayment of the original sum, plus interest.
In finance, debt is a means of using anticipated future purchasing power in the present before it has actually been earned. Some companies and corporations use debt as a part of their overall corporate finance strategy.
Read more about Debt: Payment, Types of Debt, Debt Syndication, Letters of Credit, Accounting Debt, Inflation and Exchange Rates, Effects of Debt, Etymology, History of Debt, Criticisms, Levels and Flows
Famous quotes containing the word debt:
“Ambitions debt is paid.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“This is the debt I pay
Just for one riotous day,”
—Paul Laurence Dunbar (18721906)
“Even the poor student studies and is taught only political economy, while that economy of living which is synonymous with philosophy is not even sincerely professed in our colleges. The consequence is, that while he is reading Adam Smith, Ricardo, and Say, he runs his father in debt irretrievably.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)