maturity

noun
ma·tu·ri·ty | \mə-ˈchu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈchə̇r- also -ˈtu̇r-, -ˈtyu̇r-\

Definition of maturity 

1 : the quality or state of being mature especially : full development the maturity of grain maturity of judgment lacks the wisdom and maturity needed to run the company

2 : termination of the period that an obligation (see obligation sense 2c) has to run

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Synonyms & Antonyms for maturity

Synonyms

adulthood, adultness, majority

Antonyms

immaturity, minority, nonage

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Examples of maturity in a Sentence

His behavior shows a lack of maturity. He reached emotional maturity late in his life. the maturity level of a child The bond will reach maturity in 10 years. Maturities on these bonds can be as long as 10 years.
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One of his middle school teachers, Rodolfo Lara, calls that a sign of maturity. Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg.com, "The Man They Call AMLO, and Why He’s Captured Mexico," 30 June 2018 Maloney, who became Nicolas’s adviser at Match, said Nicholas has developed an emotional maturity and empathy that has benefited her classmates. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "She moved to Boston knowing no English, but ended up a valedictorian," 16 June 2018 The Browns have two receivers with maturity issues in Corey Coleman and Gordon. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Scribbles: The gamble on Antonio Callaway -- Terry Pluto," 28 Apr. 2018 There are maturity issues here, but the Bengals have been known to take a chance on a player overcoming those in the past, particularly with a year or two to develop. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft strategy: Cornerbacks," 14 Apr. 2018 However, the maturity issues he's displayed have likely dropped him to the final day of the draft. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texas CB Holton Hill (Lamar) had a lot to prove at combine," 7 Mar. 2018 The strike price of a Xiaomi call warrant with a maturity of one year offered by Swiss bank Vontobel is HK$13.88, 18% below the IPO price. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Xiaomi Shares Slip Ahead of Official Debut," 6 July 2018 Debt of American companies just posted their third-worst 100-day returns since 2000, according to a JPMorgan Chase & Co. index, as tighter monetary conditions leave their mark on high-quality bonds with longer maturities. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump backers fear he's deserting them on China," 22 May 2018 Debt of American companies just posted their third-worst 100-day returns since 2000, according to a JPMorgan Chase & Co. index, as tighter monetary conditions leave their mark on high-quality bonds with longer maturities. Cecile Gutscher, Bloomberg.com, "Corporate Bonds Sink Fast in One of Worst Tumbles Since 2000," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of maturity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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maturity

noun

Financial Definition of maturity

What It Is

Maturity is the date on which a bond or preferred stock issuer must repay the original principal borrowed from a bondholder or shareholder.

How It Works

Let's assume that on January 1, 2000, you purchased an XYZ Company bond that had a 10-year maturity. That means that on January 1, 2010, XYZ Company will pay you (or whomever you happen to sell the bond to) the face value (also called the par value) of the bond. The face value is essentially the size of the I.O.U. represented by the security certificate. That is, the face value is the original principal lent to the company. Bond face values are usually $1,000, and preferred stock face values are usually $25.

Some bond and preferred stock maturities are short-term (a year or less), others are intermediate-term (usually two to 10 years) and many are long-term (a period of 10 to 30 years or more). Bonds with maturities of less than 10 years are typically called notes.

Sometimes investors get their original principal back before the maturity date. This usually happens when the issuer takes advantage of special provisions that a security might have. For example, call provisions allow an issuer to redeem, or call, a bond or preferred stock before it matures. Issuers like this provision because if interest rates fall they can pay off the securities with proceeds from new securities issued at a lower interest rate. Investors don't always welcome this because they lose their ability to collect what could be above-market interest payments and they may have to reinvest the money from their redeemed securities at a lower interest rate. To compensate investors for these risks, issuers of callable bonds usually agree to pay more than the face value depending on when the securities are redeemed.

Another example is the sinking fund provision, which requires the issuer to make payments to a trustee while the securities are outstanding. The trustee then uses the funds to repurchase some or all of the securities on the open market.

Usually issuers control whether a security is redeemed before it matures, but in some cases, investors can control this process. A convertible bond, for example, gives the bondholder the option to exchange the bond for a predefined number of securities (usually the issuer's stock) at some future date and under prescribed conditions. An exchangeable bond, on the other hand, allows the bondholder to exchange the bonds for the stock of a company other than the bond issuer. Putable bonds and preferred stocks allow their holders to force the issuer to redeem the security at a set price under certain conditions.

Why It Matters

The maturities of bonds and preferred stocks are very important. Not only do they tell investors when they will be repaid, they are crucial to mathematically determining the appropriate price of the security. This is because the formulas used to price these securities often involve finding the present value of that future return of principal. The longer the investor has to wait for the return of his capital, the less the security tends to be worth.

It is important to note that just because a bond will pay a certain amount at maturity doesn't mean that’s what the bond is worth today. Often, investors can purchase bonds for more or less than face value. For instance, if the Company XYZ bond has a $1,000 face value, it still may only be worth $800 today, or it may be worth $1,500 today depending on market conditions, coupon rates and whether there are any special provisions like those described above.

Even more important is that the presence of a maturity date does not guarantee that the investor will get his money back on that date. For all bonds and preferred stocks (except Treasuries) there is always some chance the issuer will default.

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maturity

noun
ma·tu·ri·ty | \mə-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈtyu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r-\

Kids Definition of maturity

: the condition of being fully developed

maturity

noun
ma·tu·ri·ty | \mə-ˈt(y)u̇r-ət-ē also -ˈchu̇r-\
plural maturities

Medical Definition of maturity 

: the quality or state of being mature especially : full development

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maturity

noun
ma·tu·ri·ty | \mə-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈchu̇r- \

Legal Definition of maturity 

: termination of the period that a note or other obligation has to run : state or condition of having become due

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