Long-Term Interest Rate

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Long-Term Interest Rate

An interest rate on a financial instrument with a maturity of longer than one year. A long-term interest rate is usually (but not always) higher than a short-term rate because of the added risk of committing capital to a person or project for such a long period of time.
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That scenario has yet to unfold, of course, as long term interest rates have inched up negligibly in the past year and the Federal Reserve has shifted gears from raising and then pausing short term rates to possibly now cutting them in the face of anemic economic growth.
Table I also indicates that the estimated coefficients on the [EARSR.sub.t - 1] variable are all positive and significant at the one percent level, implying that ex ante real long term interest rates are an increasing function of the ex ante real three-month Treasury bill rate.
. "The Impact of Government Budget Deficits on Ex Post Real Long Term Interest Rates in the U.K., 1960:1-1990:2," Economia Internazionale, XLV, 2, May 1992, pp.