Offset

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1.

Ability to set assets against liabilities in multiple bank accounts.

Also used in netting transactions.


2.

More generally, the right to reduce or eliminate a liability, by deducting the amount of a related asset.

Most commonly, when the asset and liability are with the same counterparty.


3.

More generally still, the netting of any items, whether or not any positive action is needed to cause the netting.

For example, the netting of inflation differentials and expected changes in spot foreign exchange rates under purchasing power parity theory.


4. Environmental concerns.

Abbreviation for carbon offsetting.


See also