hot money


Definition of hot money

: investment funds intended for the highest short-term rate of return

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South Korean authorities had previously opposed any disclosure of their foreign-exchange operations for fear that speculative hot money investors might abuse such information for profit and destabilize local currency markets. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "South Korea to Gradually Disclose Foreign Exchange Intervention Details," 16 May 2018 China has curbed outflows of hot money by tightening capital controls. The Economist, "After a good run of growth, China’s economy braces for bumps," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hot money

1936, in the meaning defined above

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