of various types of financing employed
by a firm to acquire and support resources necessary for its operations
. Commonly, it comprises of stockholders' (shareholders') investments (equity capital), long-term loans (loan capital), short-term loans (such as overdraft), and short-term liabilities (such as trade credit) as reflected on the right-hand side of the firm's balance sheet
. Capital structure
, in comparison, does not include short-term liabilities.