Flight To Quality


DEFINITION of 'Flight To Quality'

The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This flight is usually caused by uncertainty in the financial or international markets. However, at other times, this move may be an instance of investors cutting back on the more volatile investments for the conservative ones (i.e. diversifying) without much consideration of the international markets.

BREAKING DOWN 'Flight To Quality'

For example, during a bear market investors will often move their money out of equities and into government securities and money market funds. Another example is investors moving investments from high-risk countries with political unrest and volatile economic conditions to less risky markets of other countries. One indication of a flight to quality is a dramatic fall of the yield on government securities, which is a result of the increased demand for them.

  1. Money Market Fund

    An investment fund that holds the objective to earn interest ...
  2. Acceptable Quality Level - AQL

    A statistical measurement of the maximum number of defective ...
  3. Employee Engagement

    A business management concept that describes the level of enthusiasm ...
  4. Six Sigma

    A quality-control program developed in 1986 by Motorola. Initially, ...
  5. Dash To Trash

    When investors flock to a class of securities or other assets, ...
  6. Capitulation

    When investors give up any previous gains in stock price by selling ...
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  2. Active Trading

    Connecting Crashes, Corrections And Capitulation

    Even though crashes, corrections and capitulations are bad news for investors holding the stock, there are still ways to profit.
  3. Fundamental Analysis

    Investing Basics: Flight To Quality

    At times of market stress, investors flee from risky assets to investments the safest ones available.
  4. Options & Futures

    Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  5. Retirement

    The Money Market

    If your investments in the stock market are keeping you from sleeping at night, it's time to learn about the safer alternatives in the money market.
  6. Economics

    Long-Term Investing Impact of the Paris Attacks

    We share some insights on how the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could impact the economy and markets going forward.
  7. Stock Analysis

    An Introduction To The Indian Stock Market

    Most trading in the Indian stock market occurs through its two exchanges – the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.
  8. Savings

    How Americans Can Open a Bank Account In Thailand

    Have your paperwork in order and be sure to shop around.
  9. Forex Fundamentals

    How to Buy Chinese Yuan

    Discover the different options that are available to investors who want to obtain exposure to the Chinese yuan, including ETFs and ETNs.
  10. Investing

    What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  1. Why does a crisis in emerging markets cause U.S. Treasury yields to decrease?

    The reason that you will often see the yields on Treasuries fall when you see a financial crisis in an emerging or foreign ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do mutual funds work in India?

    Mutual funds in India work in much the same way as mutual funds in the United States. Like their American counterparts, Indian ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Do mutual funds have CUSIP numbers?

    The Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures (CUSIP) number is a standardized identification system used ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is the difference between a greenfield investment and a regular investment?

    A greenfield investment is a particular type of investment where an international company begins a new operation in a foreign ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the benefits for a company investing in a greenfield investment?

    Advantages of greenfield investments include increased control, the ability to form marketing partnerships and the avoidance ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Why did China designated certain territories as special administrative regions?

    The primary reason for the People's Republic of China designating two territories as special administrative regions, or SARs, ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  2. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
  3. Quick Ratio

    The quick ratio is an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity. The quick ratio measures a company’s ability to meet ...
  4. Black Tuesday

    October 29, 1929, when the DJIA fell 12% - one of the largest one-day drops in stock market history. More than 16 million ...
  5. Black Monday

    October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost almost 22% in a single day. That event marked the beginning ...
  6. Monetary Policy

    Monetary policy is the actions of a central bank, currency board or other regulatory committee that determine the size and ...
Trading Center