Fine Print

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Fine Print'

Contract terms and conditions, disclosures or other important information that are not included in the main body of a document, but in footnotes or a supplemental document. Reading and understanding the fine print is essential when entering into an agreement. It often contains information that the issuer does not want to call to the recipient's attention, but that is essential for the recipient to know.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Fine Print'

The information in the fine print may be required by law or may be recommended by a company's legal department. For example, the fine print of a credit card agreement might include: the card's introductory APR, the APR after the introductory period ends, the length of the introductory period, the APR for balance transfers and cash advances, the card's annual fee, its late payment fee and other crucial details. As another example, if an investor was reading a public company's financial report, he or she might have to read the fine print to learn about the company's accounting methods, long-term debt, employee stock ownership, pending litigation and other issues.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Consumer Liability

    The accountability put on consumers to not act in a negligent ...
  2. Boilerplate

    The standardization of a legal document's structure and language. ...
  3. Term Sheet

    A non-binding agreement setting forth the basic terms and conditions ...
  4. Prospectus

    A formal legal document, which is required by and filed with ...
  5. Advisor

    1. The person or company responsible for making investments on ...
  6. Risk

    The chance that an investment's actual return will be different ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are some good online resources for me to learn about Generally Accepted Accounting ...

    The two definitive authorities on developing and interpreting the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do you calculate shareholder equity?

    Shareholders' equity is listed on a company's balance sheet and measures its net worth. A company's shareholders' equity ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between earnings and profit?

    Earnings, specifically retained earnings, and profit are often used as synonyms in corporate finance, although they are different ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How is minimum transfer price calculated?

    A company that transfers goods between multiple divisions needs to establish a transfer price so that each division can track ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the effective interest method of amortization?

    The effective interest method is an accounting practice used for discounting a bond. This method is used for bonds sold at ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What does an unfavorable variance indicate to management?

    In managerial accounting, an unfavorable variance is discovered when a company's management performs a comparison between ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Fundamental Analysis

    Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The Fine Print

    Find out what could be hidden in this often-overlooked part of the financial statements.
  2. Investing Basics

    Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  3. Investing Basics

    A Guide To Risk Warnings And Disclaimers

    Learn what the phrase "Past performance may not reflect future performance" really means.
  4. Options & Futures

    Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  5. Economics

    Calculating Net Realizable Value

    An asset’s net realizable value is the amount a company should expect to receive once it sells or disposes of that asset, minus costs from its disposal.
  6. Investing Basics

    Calculating Unlevered Free Cash Flow

    Unlevered free cash flow (UFCF) is the free cash flow of a business before interest payments.
  7. Taxes

    Understanding Write-Offs

    Write-off has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used, but generally refers to a reduction in value due to expense or loss.
  8. Economics

    What are Capital Goods?

    Capital goods are assets with a useful life of more than one year that are used for the production of income.
  9. Economics

    Understanding Capital Assets

    A capital asset is one that a company plans on owning for more than one year, and uses in the production of revenue.
  10. Fundamental Analysis

    What is Year-to-Date?

    Year-to-date (YTD) is a term that describes financial results from the beginning of the current year up to the day the financial number is reported.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Radner Equilibrium

    A theory suggesting that if economic decision makers have unlimited computational capacity for choice among strategies, then ...
  2. Inbound Cash Flow

    Any currency that a company or individual receives through conducting a transaction with another party. Inbound cash flow ...
  3. Social Security

    A United States federal program of social insurance and benefits developed in 1935. The Social Security program's benefits ...
  4. American Dream

    The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version ...
  5. Multicurrency Note Facility

    A credit facility that finances short- to medium-term Euro notes. Multicurrency note facilities are denominated in many currencies. ...
  6. National Currency

    The currency or legal tender issued by a nation's central bank or monetary authority. The national currency of a nation is ...
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!