Financial Terms “I”

Here is a glossary of financial terms I. These financial terms begin with the letter I, including IFRS, income statement, and index fund.


See International Accounting Standards Board.


See International Financial Reporting Standards.

Income Statement

The income statement is one of the three financial statements. The income statement shows the results for a period. The format is revenues minus expenses. If revenues are higher, the company has net income. If the expenses are higher, the result is a net loss. It is also called a profit and loss statement.

Index fund

An index fund is a mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks an index. The index could be a U.S. stock index like the S&P 500 or the Russell 2000.

The index could be a bond index like the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. The index could be an international index like the MSCI EAFE index.

An index fund would buy and hold the stocks or bonds within the index. This low-cost approach captures the index market returns.

Interest Rate

The interest rate, expressed as a percentage, is the rate charged on a loan. It is also the rate of return on investment. Interest can be simple interest or compound interest. Interest rates are used in time value of money (TVM) calculations. Interest rates are also called yields, rates of return, or returns. Financial calculators use the P/Y function to calculate interest rates. Excel uses the RATE function.

International Accounting Standards Board

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) sets the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) global accounting standards.

International Financial Reporting Standards

The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are the financial reporting standards outside of the United States. IFRS are issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

Inventory Turnover

Inventory turnover is a financial ratio that calculates how often inventory is turned over. It is the cost of sales divided by inventory. A low inventory turnover may indicate inventory problems such as too much inventory or obsolete inventory. Generally, a higher inventory turnover is better.

An alternate formula for inventory turnover uses sales instead of cost of sales as the numerator.

inventory turnover formula

See Financial Terms Dictionary

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