In trade, the opposite of trade deficit is trade surplus. In other words, the negative deficit is called surplus.

And then, what is the term for negative debt?

Say for example Bank A owes 5 million dollars to Bank B.

And then Bank A has a debt of 5 million dollars. And bank B has a negative debt of 5 million dollars.

I have the same question about negative liabilities, I'm not sure if I have to ask a separate question for that.

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    $\begingroup$ A common contrast is between liability and asset $\endgroup$
    – Henry
    Apr 6, 2019 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ You mean if Eric owes 10 USD to me then he has a debt (or liability) of 10 USD and I have an asset of 10 USD? $\endgroup$
    – Joe Jobs
    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:18
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    $\begingroup$ Yes - that is what I was suggesting $\endgroup$
    – Henry
    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:57


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