DEFINITION of 'Tight Money'

A situation in which money or loans are very difficult to obtain in a given country. If you do have the opportunity to secure a loan, then interest rates are usually extremely high. Also known as "dear money".

BREAKING DOWN 'Tight Money'

When there are tight money conditions in the business world, capital is scarcer than usual and therefore commands a higher price. Firms tend to have a harder time obtaining loans and financing expansions in tight money conditions and tend to pay higher than normal interest rates if they are successful in obtaining funds.

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