hot money


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

Examples of hot money in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The early February gap up comes on much heavier than usual volume — hot money finds a home. John Navin, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 European banks which rely on deposits supplied by third-party platforms should face tougher liquidity requirements to stem the risk of future hot money outflows, according to a senior official. Nicholas Comfort,, 6 July 2023 Before the 2015-16 crisis, China’s focus was curbing inflows of hot money betting on a rising yuan rather than stopping outflows, said Becky Liu, head of China macro strategy at Standard Chartered Bank. Quentin Webb, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Some fear that foreign investors who increasingly pour hot money into African startups could be spooked. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2022 But there is a catch: Without a ready supply of hot money from overseas, officials turned to the banks themselves for foreign currency. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 That is because hot money flowing quickly in and out of their debt can make prices volatile and potentially drive away other buyers, which could increase their borrowing costs. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 10 May 2021 Skeptics would argue that the recent rotation is simply a further sign of exuberance—hot money spilling from one market sector into another. Mike Bird, WSJ, 10 May 2021 And there could be more hot money coming down the pipe. Alex Longley,, 13 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot money was in 1936

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“Hot money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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