negative carry

Negative carry

Negative Carry

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.

negative carry

The net cost of an investment position when the investment's cost of carry exceeds its current income. For example, buying a bond with a current yield of 10% and financing the purchase with money borrowed at 13% will result in a negative carry. Compare positive carry. See also carrying charges.
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As interest rates on high quality liquid assets have declined, the company's strategy of holding a relatively high pool of liquid assets -- a positive rating factor -- has become costlier, presenting a drag on earnings due to negative carry. At the same time, the firm's progress in improving the quality of its liquid assets has been slower than what was anticipated by Moody's.
This is driven by the available excess spread and the sizing of a negative carry factor component in the asset coverage test, which provides additional protection.
The cases were detected in an investigation initiated since November 12, 2018 for all returns with negative carry forward amount of sales tax.
Net finance revenue in the current quarter includes approximately $2 million in negative carry from the unsecured senior debt issued in March 2018.
There are three common parameters for computing the MLR: marginal costs of funds, negative carry charges on cash reserve ratio and operating cost.
For any investor betting on a French exit from the single currency, two-year German Bunds carry much less price risk than 10-year German Bunds, more than compensating the negative carry. The spread between German and French two-year government bonds has widened to 45 basis points, the highest since early February when Marine Le Pen presented her plans to exit the euro, and up from virtually 0 basis points in November last year.
Such a position is known as a "negative carry" trade -- in other words, one where an investor pays to own the bond.
To be clear, Gross said he doesn't expect the 10-year bund to jump from 10 to 50 basis points in the next month, but "the key point is it doesn't cost you anything." Historically, he said, "it cost an investor to short or to sell a security because that's a negative carry. There is no negative carry here.
Moreover, negative carry of 200-300 bps on liquidity support for maturing debentures will impact earnings, though the impact will be marginal (around 0.5% over FY15-16 on profitability)," analysts from Edelweiss wrote in a report.
If not, there is a negative carry if we borrow earlier," he said.
That being said, risk/reward profiles of outright 1y receivers is perhaps not as appealing for those willing to jump on the trade just now given the negative carry involved.
Regarding the U.S .dollar, Barakat told The Daily Star that the negative carry on primary liquidity in foreign currency would continue throughout 2012 because interest rates globally are expected to remain low.