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flow

a measurement of quantity over a specified period of time. Unlike a STOCK, which is not a function of time, a flow measures quantity passing per minute, hour, day or whatever. A common analogy is to a reservoir. The water entering and leaving the reservoir is a flow but the water actually in the reservoir at any one point in time is a stock. INCOME is a flow but WEALTH is a stock.
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For example, if the issuer of a note later faces financial difficulties, the anticipated amounts and timing of cash flows from the note should be changed to reflect the new reality.
The cash flows from the operating activities classification on the statement of cash flows generally summarize the cash effects of transactions and other events involved in determining net income.