breakeven time(redirected from Break Even Times)
The length of time for the discounted value of future cash flow from an investment to equal the cost of making the investment. That is, if one spends $1,000 buying a stock, the breakeven time is the time it takes for the investor to make at least $1,000 from that stock. A longer breakeven time equates to higher risk for the investment.
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The number of years a convertible security must be held in order for its extra current income to cover the excess of its market price over its value in terms of common stock (that is, annual interest on the bond minus annual dividends on the stock). For example, a 10% coupon bond selling for $1,000, convertible to common stock with a market value of $600 and paying no dividend, would have a breakeven time of $400/$100 , or 4 years.
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