maturity

noun
ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈchu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce maturity (audio) , -ˈchər- also -ˈtu̇r- How to pronounce maturity (audio) , -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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The two-time first team all Mountain West player has a maturity to his game that many of the younger prospects have yet to tap into, and is arguably one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft class. Will Mccollister, SI.com, "Bulls Select Chandler Hutchison With No. 22 Pick in the 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 And the longish average maturity of its bonds, around seven years, gives it breathing space. The Economist, "Italy’s political crisis is roiling financial markets once more," 31 May 2018 Santander has reminded them that there is also a risk of the implied maturity date being extended. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "When Investing Is About the CEO’s Goodwill," 17 Feb. 2019 One big advantage is that if holders die before the maturity date, the capital would be passed to their heirs. The Economist, "Pension bonds are an ingenious idea for providing retirement income," 17 May 2018 Instead, consider a certificate of deposit, which offers varying maturity dates as well as better interest rates than money market or savings accounts. New York Times, "How to Get Help Paying for Your Wedding," 9 May 2018 Prices of bonds with longer maturities tend to fall more when their yields rise than shorter-term bonds do, typically making short-term corporate bonds a safer bet when the Fed is raising rates. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Debt Investors Embrace ‘Upside Down’ World After Fed Shift," 14 Feb. 2019 The record blends joyful, dance-y pop with wrenching indie ballads, displaying a newfound maturity in the now-24-year-old Nesbitt's songwriting. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nina Nesbitt Opens Up About Being Dropped from Her Label at 20—And How It Helped Her Find Her Real Voice," 1 Feb. 2019 The depth of color reflects the maturity of the fruit at the time of harvest, with green and yellow occurring at the beginning of the ripening cycle and purple and black happening at the end. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It Turns Out Olives Are Actually Fruits and Not Vegetables," 11 Dec. 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

English Language Learners Definition of maturity

: the state of being fully developed in the body or the mind
finance : the state of being due for payment
finance : the amount of time that must pass before something (such as a bond) becomes due for payment

maturity

noun
ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce maturity (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r-\

Kids Definition of maturity

: the condition of being fully developed

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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

maturity

noun
ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈchu̇r- How to pronounce maturity (audio) \

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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