negative carry(redirected from Negative Carries)
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A situation in which an investment has a lower yield than the cost of funding for it. For example, an investor may borrow money at 6% interest to invest in a restaurant with only a 4% yield. In this case, the investor has a negative carry of 2% and is actually spending money to invest in the restaurant. One may think of a negative carry as a bad investment, but it sometimes results in a net profit if the interest on the cost of funding is tax deductible and the investment itself is a tax free security, such as a municipal bond.
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