What is interest?

  • (noun): A reason for wanting something done.
    Example: "In the interest of safety"; "in the common interest"
    Synonyms: sake
    See also — Additional definitions below


Interest is a fee paid by a borrower of assets to the owner as a form of compensation for the use of the assets. It is most commonly the price paid for the use of borrowed money, or money earned by deposited funds.

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Some articles on interest:

Australian Securities Exchange - Interest Rate Market
... The ASX interest rate market is the set of corporate bonds, floating rate notes, and bond-like preference shares listed on the exchange ... ASX provides information such as their maturity, effective interest rate, etc ...
Robert Chung - Interest
... In addition to sports, astronomy is also Dr ... Chung's interest ...
Interest Rate Future - STIRS
... A short-term interest rate (STIR) future is a futures contract that derives its value from the interest rate at maturation ... Common short-term interest rate futures are Eurodollar, Euribor, Euroyen, Short Sterling and Euroswiss, which are calculated on LIBOR at settlement, with the exception of Euribor which ... This value is calculated as 100 minus the interest rate ...
Fisher Equation - Derivation
... is the relationship between nominal and real interest rates, through inflation, and the percentage change in the price level between two time periods ... So assume someone buys a $1 bond in period t while the interest rate is ... the bond is therefore From here the nominal interest rate can be solved for ...
Interest - Formulae
... monthly payments is augmented by the monthly interest charge and decreased by the payment so , where i = loan rate/100 = annual rate in decimal form (e.g ... can be used to calculate the monthly payment of a loan An interest-only payment on the current balance would be ... The total interest, IT, paid on the loan is ...

More definitions of "interest":

  • (noun): A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something.
    Example: "An interest in music"
    Synonyms: involvement
  • (noun): (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims.
    Synonyms: interest group
  • (verb): Excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of.
  • (verb): Be of importance or consequence.
    Synonyms: matter to
  • (noun): (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something.
    Synonyms: stake
  • (noun): A fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed.
    Example: "How much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
  • (noun): A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly).
    Synonyms: pastime, pursuit
  • (noun): The power of attracting or holding one's interest (because it is unusual or exciting etc.).
    Example: "They said nothing of great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room"
    Synonyms: interestingness

Famous quotes containing the word interest:

    The moral sense is always supported by the permanent interest of the parties. Else, I know not how, in our world, any good would ever get done.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    President Kennedy had a wholesome, widely discussed, and largely deserved reputation for his interest in women.... But no President, however young and energetic, could possibly have gotten around to all the ladies in Washington, New York, and Hollywood who made claim to his affections after he died.... Such was the force of Jack Kennedy and the manner of his death that anyone associated with him, even the pretenders, assumed added glamour and interest.
    Barbara Howar (b. 1934)

    Indiana was really, I suppose, a Democratic State. It has always been put down in the book as a state that might be carried by a close and careful and perfect organization and a great deal of—[from audience: “soap”Ma reference to purchased votes, the word being followed by laughter].
    I see reporters here, and therefore I will simply say that everybody showed a great deal of interest in the occasion, and distributed tracts and political documents all through the country.
    Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886)