vested interest

|Updated on: 22 Jul 2018

Definition of vested interest

1 : an interest (such as a title to an estate) carrying a legal right of present or future enjoyment; specifically : a right vested in an employee under a pension plan
2 : a special concern or stake in maintaining or influencing a condition, arrangement, or action especially for selfish ends
3 : one having a vested interest in something; specifically : a group enjoying benefits from an existing economic or political privilege

Examples of vested interest in a Sentence

  1. She has a vested interest in seeing the business sold, as she'll make a profit from the sale.

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Financial Definition of VESTED INTEREST

vested interest

What It Is

A vested interest is a right of ownership which is not dependent on something else.

How It Works

When a possession, ownership interest or the use of tangible property is present and unencumbered by any conditions, it is known as a vested interest.  The clear and unencumbered interest is not reliant or contingent on anything other conditions or events.  For example, a vested interest can mean stock or options that are transferred and available to the recipient.  A vested interest in real estate means the owner of the property.  A vested interest in a pension plan, for example, may mean that the employee is qualified to take the benefits of the pension plan, including the contributions by the employer.

Why It Matters

A vested interest in tangible property represents an important asset on a company's or personal balance sheet.  Understanding the conditions of a potential borrower's vestment (i.e. establishing a vested interest) in a particular asset is an important part of the due diligence process for a creditor.

VESTED INTEREST Defined for English Language Learners

vested interest

Definition of vested interest for English Language Learners

  • : a personal or private reason for wanting something to be done or to happen

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vested interest

legal Definition of vested interest

see interest 1

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