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discount rate

noun, Finance.
1.
the rate of interest charged in discounting commercial paper.
2.
the interest rate charged by Federal Reserve Banks on loans to their member banks, usually against government securities as collateral.
3.
the rediscount rate.
Origin of discount rate
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • This explains why the discount rate on acceptances ranges so low.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • The "call rate" is commonly well below the regular "discount rate," or rate for thirty-day, sixty-day, or ninety-day paper.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Such a situation would doubtless lead to a sharp advance in the discount rate and to the importation of gold.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • Then began a renewal of a demand for gold from the Continent, and the discount rate rose to 2-15/16.

discount rate in Culture

discount rate definition


The rate of interest charged by the Federal Reserve System on loans it makes to the banking system.

Note: Because the Federal Reserve System lends money to the banking industry, one mechanism it has for regulating interest rates is to vary the discount rate — that is, to make the money that banks borrow relatively more or less expensive. It is likely to lower the discount rate during economic downturns to stimulate investment and raise it during upswings to check inflation.
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