hot money


Definition of 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 With the cost of produce skyrocketing in China, hot money is flooding toward fresh-food operators. Washington Post, "Why Venture Capitalists Like Expensive Groceries," 3 July 2019 As developing countries from Indonesia to Argentina have discovered, a nation that relies on hot money from abroad is an unstable one. Washington Post, "Watch China Inc.’s Insider Selling," 22 Sep. 2019 The memory of the ultimate hot money pullout, the 1997-98 financial crisis that triggered the collapse of the Suharto regime, is never far from the surface. Washington Post, "Indonesia Needs Its Own Silk Road," 23 Oct. 2019 These stocks are well supported by hot money from foreign fund managers, who are betting that a weaker won – which has slumped more than 5% against the dollar this year – will boost exporters’ shares. Washington Post, "The Last Place You’d Look for Value Stocks," 31 July 2019 Regulators appear more confident that years of regulatory measures will keep hot money outflows manageable. John Authers | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "China Has a Big Currency Decision to Make," 21 May 2019 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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“Hot money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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