nominal interest rate

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Nominal interest rate

The interest rate unadjusted for inflation.

Nominal Interest Rate

The interest rate on an investment or loan without adjusting for inflation. The nominal interest rate is simply the interest rate stated on the loan or investment agreement. If one makes a loan at a high nominal interest rate, this does not guarantee a real profit. For example, if the nominal interest rate on a loan is 7% and the inflation rate is 4%, the real interest rate is only 3%.

nominal interest rate

The stated rate of interest, exclusive of any compounding, that is paid on an investment. Annual interest of $80 on a $1,000 investment is a nominal rate of 8% whether the interest is paid in $20 quarterly installments, in $40 semiannual installments, or in an $80 annual payment. Use of nominal rates can be misleading when comparing returns from different investments. See also effective rate of interest.

nominal interest rate

the INTEREST RATE paid on a LOAN without making any adjustment for the effects of INFLATION. Contrast REAL INTEREST RATE.

nominal interest rate

The stated interest rate in a note, which may differ from the true (effective) interest rate because of discounting or fees.