Provides a measure of strength of the balance sheet. Just as someone earning £100,000 per year would be more comfortable with a £500,000 mortgage than someone on £20,000, a business with a small amount of debt as a proportion of earnings would be more comfortable than vice versa.
= (Debt-cash)/Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation
When Interest Rates (IR) are high (i.e. borrowing is expensive) consumers pay more for their mortgages, loans and credit, so have less disposable income and spend less…inflation goes down.
You probably sort of know how index linked gilts, or “linkers,” work. The redemption value is linked to the change in the retail price index, or RPI, that takes place over the life of the gilt.
Another word for duration could be the average life of a bond. Most bonds pay annual or semi-annual coupons and have a redemption date. So whilst a bond maturing in three years and with a £5 annual…
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