basis point

noun
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of basis point

  1. :  one hundredth of one percent (as in the yield of an investment)

First Known Use of basis point

1962


Financial Definition of BASIS POINT

basis point

What It Is

A basis point is one hundredth of one percent.

How It Works

There are one hundred basis points in one percent.

Let's say Bank XYZ pays 2.54% interest on its savings accounts. A month later, it raises the rate to 2.75%. We would say that rate increased by 21 basis points.

Why It Matters

Basis points are in anything that is expressed as a percentage: interest rates, rates of return, bond coupons, rates of change and much more. Because tiny changes can have big effects, it is no surprise that the markets are concerned about hundredths of a percent.

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