One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A curve on a graph in which the yield of fixed-interest securities is plotted against the length of time they have to run to maturity.
- ‘On the one hand, lower interest rates at all maturities along the yield curve would increase the present value of future cash flows, increasing the incentive to invest.’
- ‘Why not take full advantage of a steep yield curve by leveraging mortgage securities.’
- ‘Artificially low short-term rates and a steep yield curve had induced enormous leveraged speculation.’
- ‘Shorter maturities lost ground; in effect the yield curve flattened a little bit.’
- ‘The yield curve for U.S. Treasury securities implies a forecast for future federal funds rates.’
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