In finance, maturity or maturity date is the date on which the final payment is due on a
loan In finance, a loan is the lending of money by one or more individuals, organizations, or other entities to other individuals, organizations, etc. The recipient (i.e., the borrower) incurs a debt and is usually liable to pay interest on that de ...
or other
financial instrument Financial instruments are monetary contracts between parties. They can be created, traded, modified and settled. They can be cash (currency), evidence of an ownership interest in an entity or a contractual right to receive or deliver in the form ...
, such as a bond or term deposit, at which point the
principal Principal may refer to: Title or rank * Principal (academia), the chief executive of a university ** Principal (education), the office holder/ or boss in any school * Principal (civil service) or principal officer, the senior management level ...
(and all remaining
interest In finance and economics, interest is payment from a borrower or deposit-taking financial institution to a lender or depositor of an amount above repayment of the principal sum (that is, the amount borrowed), at a particular rate. It is distinct ...
) is due to be paid. Most instruments have a ''fixed maturity date'' which is a specific date on which the instrument matures. Such instruments include fixed interest and variable rate loans or debt instruments, however called, and other forms of security such as redeemable preference shares, provided their terms of issue specify a maturity date. It is similar in meaning to "redemption date". Some instruments have ''no fixed maturity date'' which continue indefinitely (unless repayment is agreed between the borrower and the lenders at some point) and may be known as "perpetual stocks". Some instruments have a range of possible maturity dates, and such stocks can usually be repaid at any time within that range, as chosen by the borrower. A ''serial maturity'' is when bonds are all issued at the same time but are divided into different classes with different, staggered redemption dates. In the financial press, the term "maturity" is sometimes used as shorthand for the security itself, for example, ''In the market today the yields on ten-year maturities increased'' means the prices of bonds due to mature in ten years fell, and thus the
redemption yield The yield to maturity (YTM), book yield or redemption yield of a bond or other fixed-interest security, such as gilts, is an estimate of the total rate of return anticipated to be earned by an investor who buys a bond at a given market price, ho ...
on those bonds increased.

See also

* Deferred financing cost * Rolling (finance) * Maturity transformation


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