Interest Rate Risk

Interest Rate Risk

by Richard C. Wilson & Family Offices Group Association Team

Family Office Definition: Interest Rate Risk

Interest Rate Risk definition:  Interest rate risk refers to the volatility in interest rates over a length of time. For example, an investor can purchase a ten-year bond with a fixed interest rate or hold a ladder of short-term CD’s with rates that fluctuate each time a CD matures.  Bond prices move inversely of interest rates.  The sensitivity of a bonds to changes in interest rates is called duration.

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