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# Zero Cash Balance in a Register was Black, Now it's Red.

Sital
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I've been going through my 401(k) account where payroll contributions are transferred in from my paycheck and then securities are purchased with this funds. Each time I end up with a zero cash balance after the securities are purchased, as expected.

However, I've noticed that initially those zero balances were black and positive (0.00), but now they are red and negative (-0.00). It doesn't really effect anything, but I was just wondering if anyone knows why the zero balances are negative.

However, I've noticed that initially those zero balances were black and positive (0.00), but now they are red and negative (-0.00). It doesn't really effect anything, but I was just wondering if anyone knows why the zero balances are negative.

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## Answers

As in the "real numbers" are like:

0.001

And

-0.001

The problem wouldn't come up in a bank account where all the numbers are to two decimal points and all you are doing is adding and subtracting.

The problem comes up from the fractional shares and the calculations you have to make. If I purchase 15 shares at 11.1232 per share my cost is 166.848, but of course we don't purchase anything in hundredths of a dollar. It is these kinds of calculations that start you on the path of having rounding problem.

In truth they probably should truncate the value to two digits after the decimal point before displaying it so that it doesn't behave like this.