Balance of Payments
A systematic record of the economic transactions during a given period for a country.(1) The term is often used to mean either: (i) balance of payments on "current account"; or (ii) the current account plus certain long term capital movements.(2) The combination of the trade balance, current balance, capital account and invisible balance, which together make up the balance of payments total. Prolonged balance of payment deficits tend to lead to restrictions in capital transfers, and or decline in currency values.