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A statement of change in equity, also known as a statement of retained earnings, is a financial statement that shows how a company's owners' equity has changed over a specific period of time. It includes the following elements:
For example, let's say a company had a net profit of $100,000 for the year. They paid out $20,000 in dividends to shareholders and withdrew $10,000 from their equity. They also made a change to their accounting policy that resulted in a $5,000 adjustment. The statement of change in equity would show these changes and the resulting increase or decrease in the company's retained earnings.
The statement of change in equity is important because it helps investors and stakeholders understand how a company's equity has changed over time and what factors have contributed to those changes.