I am creating a table for managing my payments. There is a column that will have one of two values: Incoming or Outgoing. Is there a suitable table header for these two terms, in relation to payments? My best answer would be something like 'Payment Direction', which feels clumsy.

Edit: I hope my question is suitable. This is my first time on your forum :)

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    Cash Flow, with '+/-' or 'in/out'. But a simpler approach would be to eliminate this column and sign the amounts, '+' for revenue and '-' or '(..)' for expenditures. Traditionally expenditures are posted in red, which would mark the difference even more strongly. Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 10:25
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    Naming is explicitly off-topic, because you could call your database column susan and it would work just as well. However, asking for a hypernym for directions is on-topic. If you could eliminate mention of naming and include the word hypernym which I added as a tag, it would reduce the risk of close votes.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 10:30

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One of the options I find is:

Payment Instruction

where you can specify the transaction as "Incoming" or "Outgoing".

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    Except flow of money is a good hypernym, right?...I suggest the answerer puts that part of his answer near the top.
    – thomj1332
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 13:04
  • @thomj1332 I edited my answer to fit the question. Also added in "Money Flow" as an option. Thanks
    – Bharath
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 13:08

balance sheet

A statement of the assets, liabilities, and capital of a business or other organization at a particular point in time, detailing the balance of income and expenditure over the preceding period. ODO

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