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 ... such as their maturity, effective interest rate, etc ...
Fisher Equation - Derivation
... Fisher equation is the relationship between nominal and real interest rates, through inflation, and the percentage change in the price level between two time periods ... buys a $1 bond in period t while the interest rate is ... bond is therefore From here the nominal interest rate can be solved for ...
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 is based on Euribor ... This value is calculated as 100 minus the interest rate ...
Interest - Formulae
... regular 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 ... found in spreadsheet programs 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): (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims.
    Synonyms: interest group
  • (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): 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
  • (verb): Be of importance or consequence.
    Synonyms: matter to
  • (verb): Excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of.
  • (noun): A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something.
    Example: "An interest in music"
    Synonyms: involvement
  • (noun): A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly).
    Synonyms: pastime, pursuit
  • (noun): (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something.
    Synonyms: stake

Famous quotes containing the word interest:

    Consider the difference between looking and staring. A look is voluntary; it is also mobile, rising and falling in intensity as its foci of interest are taken up and then exhausted. A stare has, essentially, the character of a compulsion; it is steady, unmodulated, “fixed.”
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933)

    Where there is no exaggeration there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding. It is only about things that do not interest one, that one can give a really unbiased opinion; and this is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.
    Jean Rostand (1894–1977)