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Prime rate
interest rate banks charge their best and most reliable customers
bellwether rate
Interest rate that serves as a leader or as a leading indicator of future trends, e.g. inflation.
federal funds rate
the interest rate banks charge other banks on overnight loans
Discount rate
interest rate that the Fed charges for loans to member banks
call money rate
The interest rate brokerage firms pay for call money loans from banks. This rate is used as the basis for customer rates on margin loans.
commercial paper
an unsecured short-term promissory note issued by a corporation to raise short-term cash, often to finance working capital requirements; generally sold with maturities of 1 to 270 days (if maturity is greater than 270 d…
certificate of deposit (CD)
Large-denomination deposits of $100,000 or more at commercial banks for a specified term.
bankers acceptance
A postdated check on which a bank has guaranteed payment. Commonly used to finance international trade transactions.
london eurodollars
Certificates of deposit denominated in U.S. dollars at commercial banks in London.
london interbank offered rate (LIBOR)
Interest rate that international banks charge one another for overnight Eurodollar loans.
U.S. Treasury Bill (T-Bill)
A short-term U.S. government debt instrument issued by the U.S. Treasury.
discount yield
is a measure of a bond's percentage return. Discount yield is most frequently used to calculate the yield on short-term bonds and treasury bills sold at a discount. This yield calculation uses a 30-day m…
nominal interest rates
are interest rates as they are observed and quoted, with no adjustment for inflation
real interest rates
are adjusted for inflation effects. real interest rates = nominal interest rates - inflation.
fisher hypothesis
asserts that the general level of nominal interest rates follows the general level of inflation.