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MACAULAY DURATION Definition & Legal Meaning

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In 1938 US academic Frederick Macaulay defined this tool. A fixed-income financial instrument’s approximate measure of its price volatility and interest rate-sensitivity. An interest bearing bond is an instrument example. Calculated as weighted average time left until a series of cash flows from the instrument are received. The weights are the present cash flow value divided by the instrument’s price. Also refer to modified duration.


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