Adjusted Balance Method

Written By
Paul Tracy
Updated August 5, 2020

What is Adjusted Balance Method?

The adjusted balance method determines the finance charges on an account once all credits and debits for the accounting period have been posted.

How Does Adjusted Balance Method Work?

The adjusted balance method is used to determine the periodic finance charges on an account, such as a bank or credit card account. This method calculates charges based on the account activity in a given period as reflected in the total of all posted debits and credits. Once all of these transactions have been posted, the finance (interest) charges for the period in question are calculated.

Why Does Adjusted Balance Method Matter?

The adjusted balance method results in lower finance charges to the account holder than other methods because it uses the sum of monthly activity on an account at the end of an accounting period as its basis.