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principal value

noun, Mathematics
1.
a value selected at a point in the domain of a multiple-valued function, chosen so that the function has a single value at the point.
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  • In general, when interest rates rise, bond fund values fall and investors may lose principal value.
  • Figures include changes in principal value, reinvested dividends and capital gains distributions.
  • Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold.
  • Investments will be made to minimize the volatility of principal value, liquidity risk and credit risk.
  • So even though the fund had a higher return for the one-year holding period, it did lose principal value.
  • For non-priced collateral, a haircut is applied to the outstanding principal value.

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