London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)
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Learn more about this rate which banks use to determine the amount of interest to charge other banks.
An interest rate is the cost of borrowing money, expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. Interest rates are the primary yardstick for measuring how much return lenders will get. However, the stated interest rate on a loan, sometimes called the nominal rate, doesn't tell the whole story.
The term “open market operations” refers to a monetary policy tool in which central banks buy and sell bonds to regulate the money supply in the economy. The United States employs open market operations through the Federal Reserve Bank.
The balance of trade is the difference between a country’s imports and exports. A trade deficit occurs when a country buys or imports more goods from other countries than it sells or exports. A trade surplus occurs when a country sells more than it buys from foreign markets.
Tariffs, or customs duties, are taxes imposed on foreign goods and services. In addition to providing a country with additional revenue, tariffs offer protection to domestic producers. Imported items become more expensive, allowing businesses at home to become more competitive with their pricing.
Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality
Learn about how this number provides a measure of how much systematic risk a firm's equity has compared to the market.
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