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  • Yield

    The effective return on an investment, as paid in dividends or interest.

  • Yield maintenance premium

    A penalty, paid by the borrower, designed to make investors whole in the event of early redemption of principal.

  • Yield spread

    The difference in yield between a debt instrument or other investment and a benchmark value, typically U.S. Treasuries of the same maturity.