Finance Formulas / July 18, 2018 / Rory Wise
If you have credit cards or bank loans for your home, you pay interest (or a finance charge) on that money at a specific percentage over the course of the year. This is called APR, or annual percentage rate. Calculating your APR on your credit cards takes only a few minutes if you know some key factors and a little algebra. The APR on mortgage loans, however, is different from the simple interest rate because of additional charges or fees to you for securing your loan.
When investors buy bonds, they essentially lend bond issuers money. In return, bond issuers agree to pay investors interest on bonds throughout their lifetime and to repay the face value of bonds upon maturity. The money that investors earn is called yield. Investors do not have to hold bonds to maturity. Instead, they may sell them for a higher or lower price to other investors, and if an investor makes money on the sale of a bond, that is also part of its yield.
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