Belly Up

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Belly Up'

A slang term used to describe the complete and abject failure of an individual, corporation, bank, development project, etc. The term belly up is often used to describe a financial institution that has failed and been closed by regulators.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Belly Up'

The Oxford English Dictionary records the earliest usage of the term in 1920 in the work of novelist John Dos Passos. During New York City's financial crisis in 1975, a columnist for the Washington Post declared "If New York can go belly-up, why not any city in the nation."

RELATED TERMS
  1. Chapter 11

    Named after the U.S. bankruptcy code 11, Chapter 11 is a form ...
  2. Absolute Priority

    A rule that stipulates the order of payment - creditors before ...
  3. Bankruptcy

    A legal proceeding involving a person or business that is unable ...
  4. Bank

    A financial institution licensed as a receiver of deposits. There ...
  5. Redlining

    The unethical practice whereby financial institutions make it ...
  6. Accelerated Resolution Program ...

    A program designed to reduce the time and cost of resolving failed ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How do I avoid a tax lien on my property?

    The best way to avoid a tax lien on your property is to make sure you pay all your state, municipal and federal taxes in ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is the best way to start to rebuild your credit after a bankruptcy?

    Bankruptcies can be devastating to your credit score. Even worse, a bankruptcy will be listed on your credit report for between ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

    In the United States, the most common kinds of personal bankruptcy filings are under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 proceedings. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the financial consequences of filing for bankruptcy?

    The financial consequences of filing for bankruptcy are substantial and can be long-lasting. They include impacts on your ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

    There are a number of differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, including eligibility, cost and amount of ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How can investors benefit by understanding geometric means?

    The geometric mean is one of the two primary methods of calculating the average return on an investment; the arithmetic mean ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    From Booms To Bailouts: The Banking Crisis Of The 1980s

    The economic environment of the late 1970s and early 1980s created the perfect storm for a banking crisis.
  2. Retirement

    Bankruptcy Protection For Your Accounts

    Will the plan assets you've worked hard for be safe if you experience a personal financial crisis?
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    An Overview Of Corporate Bankruptcy

    If a company files for bankruptcy, stockholders have the most to lose. Find out why.
  4. Personal Finance

    Case Study: The Collapse of Lehman Brothers

    This company survived many financial crises in its long history. Find out what finally drove it to bankruptcy.
  5. Investing Basics

    These Four Industries Must Change to Survive

    Tech innovations from new companies are threatening long-time industry stalwarts in transportation, hospitality and finance.
  6. Economics

    Oil Companies Near Bankruptcy

    With the resumed uncertainty in Europe surrounding Greece and the sudden bear market gripping China, the price of oil has once again slid under $50. While low oil prices may be welcomed by drivers ...
  7. Economics

    What Does Going Concern Mean?

    Going concern is a concept used in business and accounting to describe the fiscal health of a company.
  8. Fundamental Analysis

    Companies That Went Bankrupt From Innovation Lag

    Companies that don't keep up with market-changing innovations run the risk of going bankrupt. We look at some examples.
  9. Investing

    Will Shale Oil Companies Go Bankrupt?

    An overview of shale oil companies and the threats they face in the aftermath of the decline in crude oil prices.
  10. Personal Finance

    7 Bankrupt Companies That Came Back

    Bankruptcy is often the end of a company – until it isn't.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  2. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  3. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  4. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  5. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  6. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!