hardening

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noun hard·en·ing \ ˈhärd-niŋ , ˈhär-dᵊn-iŋ \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of hardening

:sclerosis 1
  • hardening of the arteries

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First Known Use of hardening

15th century


Financial Definition of HARDENING

hardening

What It Is

Hardening refers to stabilization or steady increases in a price level.

How It Works

Financial instruments and derivatives frequently experience volatile market-price fluctuations. Hardening is the process of market prices gradually returns to a normal levels following a period of instability. Likewise, an item that experiences steady long-term gains rather than abrupt short-term price escalations is described as hardening

Why It Matters

Hardened securities and derivatives tend to experience smaller day-to-day fluctuations and are often attractive to investors, because they become easier to predict and have a decreased level of risk.


Medical Dictionary

hardening

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noun hard·en·ing \ ˈhärd-niŋ, -ᵊn-iŋ \

medical Definition of hardening

:sclerosis 1
  • hardening of the arteries


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