inflation premium(redirected from Inflation Premiums)
The higher return that investors demand in exchange for investing in a long-term security where inflation has a greater potential to reduce the real return. The inflation premium is the reason that most yield curves trend upward. Thus, a bond with a maturity of 30 years almost always has a higher coupon rate than one with a maturity of 30 days. Investors expect to make a larger nominal return in part to compensate them for the lower real return that is almost inevitable because of the nature of inflation. See also: inflation risk.
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The portion of an investment's return that compensates for expected increases in the general price level of goods and services. The expectation of rising inflation results in higher long-term interest rates as lenders and borrowers build in an increased inflation premium.
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