Equity is a great example of a word that started out with a general sense that developed more specific senses over time, while still retaining the original meaning. In accounting, equity (or owner's equity) is the difference between the value of the assets and . Typically, equity holders receive voting rights, meaning that they can vote on candidates for clients who own portfolios have what are called segregated funds, as opposed to or in addition to the pooled mutual fund alternatives. Equity means ownership. Your equity in your home is the difference between what you owe on your home and what your home is worth on the open market.