Discount rate

The interest rate that the Federal Reserve charges a bank to borrow funds when a bank is temporarily short of funds. Collateral is necessary to borrow, and such borrowing is quite limited because the Fed views it as a privilege to be used to meet short-term liquidity needs, and not a device to increase earnings. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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   The interest rate at which a central bank is prepared to lend funds to commercial banks, which supply government debt such as Treasury bills as collateral.
   ► See also Central Bank, Discount.

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discount rate UK US noun [C]
FINANCE, BANKING the rate of interest that a country's central bank charges for lending money to other banks: »

cut/lower/raise the discount rate

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a cut/reduction/increase in the discount rate

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The central bank slashed its official discount rate, at which it lends to commercial banks, to prevent the economy from sliding into recession.

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING a rate of interest that you use to calculate the present value of an amount of money that you receive or pay in the future: »

In terms of current market prices a 10% discount rate would imply a yield of 10.08% over 30 days.

(also bill rate) FINANCE the rate by which the price of a bill of exchange is reduced if it is bought before its payment date
COMMERCE a reduced priced that is offered to customers if they buy large quantities of products or services or if they pay a bill by an agreed date

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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