stability

The relative steadiness or safety of a security or fund compared to the market as a whole. For example, money market funds and other short-term investments offer more stability than funds that invest in growth stocks. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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stability sta‧bil‧i‧ty [stəˈbɪlti] noun [uncountable]
the condition of being strong, steady, and not changing:

• The prospects for political and economic stability in the country continue to fade.

• The EU needs exchange-rate stability to promote intra-regional trade and investment.

• Lifetime employment gives employees greater career stability.

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stability UK US /stəˈbɪləti/ noun [U]
ECONOMICS, POLITICS a situation in which something such as an economy, company, or system can continue in a regular and successful way without unexpected changes: »

There are fears over the stability of the banking system.

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economic/political/financial stability

bring/provide/restore stability »

Large pay awards for executives have been ruled out as the CEO struggles to restore stability at the troubled group.

boost/promote/build stability »

It is the role of the regulator to promote market confidence and stability.

Compare INSTABILITY(Cf. instability)
ECONOMICS, FINANCE a situation in which prices or rates do not change much: price/currency/rate stability »

Some Americans favour a return to a gold standard to ensure price stability.

See also JOB STABILITY(Cf. ↑job stability)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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