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  • adj. Free from or devoid of risk; safe.

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  • adj. thought to be devoid of risk


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  • For decades, the interest rate on American debt has been known as the "risk-free rate", because a US default was as close to impossible as anyone in financial markets could imagine, and all other bonds were priced relative to America's.

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  • While governments grapple with ballooning debt and banks manage exposure to ailing sovereign assets, once classified as risk-free, so corporations await the dearth of funding that will inevitably result from the latest bout of global economic uncertainty.

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  • The pension payments are essentially risk-free - the government is in many cases required by law to make the - so they argue that the appropriate discount rate is the so-called risk-free rate, the rate on Treasury bonds, considered one of the safest investments, which is currently between 4 and 5 percent.

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  • Other economists say using a so-called risk-free rate would result in an overfunding of retirement systems because their often stock-heavy investments are likely to earn more than Treasurys.

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  • The fundamental benchmark interest rates in modern financial markets are the so-called risk-free rates on government bonds.

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  • Moreover, continued European sovereign debt risks have helped strengthen U.S. dollars and further lower the so called risk-free rate of return provided by U.S. Treasuries and agency-backed RMBSs.

  • It would be dishonest of me to tell you that any attempt to manipulate genetic code is risk-free.

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  • Since we all watched the disaster unfold day after day, the blowup of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was supposed to have snapped the country and industry out of what Michael Bromwich -- the man put in charge of offshore drilling after the spill -- last week called a collective trance'' that allowed the industry, government and the public to believe that drilling was risk-free.

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  • Corporate-bond spreads also have widened to three percentage points over risk-free rates, the highest since July 2009, 0.1 point wider this week and 0.8 point wider in August so far.

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  • "I would still like to keep that as liquid as possible and as risk-free as possible, but I'm not really happy with the available options," he says.

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