What Is a Joint Statement?

Joint financial statements report on the health of a combined set of finances.
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Joint statements are issued periodically to provide detailed information regarding the state of finances for more than one affiliated individual, organization or business. It can include information concerning previous income, predicted future income and financial accountability.



In a financial context, statements are issued specifically to report on the state of an entity's financial affairs. While joint statements can apply to businesses, organizations and corporations, they are typically issued by individuals with affiliated monetary interests, such as people with shared investments and business partnerships.


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There are essentially three key items that define the purpose of joint statements: previous finances, present financial information and indicators of future financial performance. These are captured within a joint statement to provide potential investors with detailed insight into the shared financial health of the associated parties.



A joint statement should include key financial liabilities. These most commonly include physical assets; however, less tangible assets such as investments external to the joint venture also are documented. Commitments, like debt and liabilities, are also essential to create an accurate statement.