What is interest?

  • (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
    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 ... way as ordinary shares, but the ASX provides information 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 ... So assume someone buys a $1 bond in period t while the interest rate is ... from the 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 ... This value is calculated as 100 minus the interest rate ...
Interest - Formulae
... The balance of a loan with 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 ... 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 fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed.
    Example: "How much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
  • (noun): (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something.
    Synonyms: stake
  • (verb): Be of importance or consequence.
    Synonyms: matter to
  • (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.
  • (noun): A reason for wanting something done.
    Example: "In the interest of safety"; "in the common interest"
    Synonyms: sake
  • (noun): A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly).
    Synonyms: pastime, pursuit
  • (noun): A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something.
    Example: "An interest in music"
    Synonyms: involvement

Famous quotes containing the word interest:

    A man’s interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself. When you are a child your vessel is not yet full; so you care for nothing but your own affairs. When you grow up, your vessel overflows; and you are a politician, a philosopher, or an explorer and adventurer. In old age the vessel dries up: there is no overflow: you are a child again.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    Society has really no graver interest than the well-being of the literary class.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Women hock their jewels and their husbands’ insurance policies to acquire an unaccustomed shade in hair or crêpe de chine. Why then is it that when anyone commits anything novel in the arts he should be always greeted by this same peevish howl of pain and surprise? One is led to suspect that the interest people show in these much talked of commodities, painting, music, and writing, cannot be very deep or very genuine when they so wince under an unexpected impact.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)