A futures trade on the LME involving the buying of near dated contracts and the selling of long dated contracts. An example of a 'carry' ( carrying). The equivalent of an intramarket spread trade sometimes known as 'buying the spread'. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein financial glossary

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borrowing bor‧row‧ing [ˈbɒrəʊɪŋ ǁ ˈbɑːroʊ-, ˈbɔː-] noun [uncountable]
1. when a person, company, or country borrows money, or the amount of money that is borrowed:

• Interest rates are low and borrowing is cheap.

• Israel relies heavily upon foreign aid and borrowing to maintain its economy.

ˈbank ˌborrowing [uncountable]
when people or companies borrow from banks, rather than using other forms of finance, such as shares or bonds:

• Parker said it will finance the acquisition partly through bank borrowing.

conˌsumer ˈborrowing [uncountable]
borrowing by people for their own spending, rather than by businesses:

• Consumer borrowing went down in February.

ˌcorporate ˈborrowing [uncountable]
borrowing by businesses rather than by individuals:

• An increase in corporate borrowing can be a good sign because it means companies are preparing for more demand for their own products and services.

disˈtress ˌborrowing [uncountable]
when a person or company is forced to borrow money because they are in need of money or just in order to keep going or keep trading:

• A rise in interest rates, particularly if it deepens a recession, may force many firms into distress borrowing merely to survive.

ˌfederal ˈborrowing
[uncountable] borrowing by the US government:

• Federal borrowing has increased in the last decade.

ˌgovernment ˈborrowing [uncountable]
borrowing by a government in a particular country:

• The chancellor shocked analysts with the news that government borrowing would double to £28 billion next year.

2. borrowings [plural] the amount of money that a company or organization has borrowed:

• The group has completed a refinancing programme to reduce borrowings by £5.8 million to £6.9 million.

ˌnet ˈborrowings [plural]
the difference between the amount a business has borrowed and the amount it has in cash:

• The new share issue will reduce Sainsbury's net borrowings to about 13% of shareholders' funds from 44%.

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borrowing UK US /ˈbɒrəʊɪŋ/ US  /ˈbɑːroʊ-/ noun [C or U] FINANCE, BANKING
the act of borrowing money or the amount of money that a person, company, government, etc. borrows: »

Deficit spending and foreign borrowing are reaching levels that could threaten the nation's future growth.


Credit card borrowing was down £400,000 in November.

short-term/medium-term/long-term borrowing »

An overdraft is not suitable for long-term borrowing.

reduce/cut/control borrowing »

Government debt interest is projected to flatten out as borrowing is reduced.

increase/encourage borrowing »

Low interest rates encourage borrowing, thereby stimulating demand for goods.

See also BANK BORROWING(Cf. ↑bank borrowing), CONSUMER BORROWING(Cf. ↑consumer borrowing), CORPORATE BORROWING(Cf. ↑corporate borrowing), FEDERAL BORROWING(Cf. ↑federal borrowing), GOVERNMENT BORROWING(Cf. ↑government borrowing), MORTGAGE BORROWING(Cf. ↑mortgage borrowing), PUBLIC BORROWING(Cf. ↑public borrowing)
borrowings — Cf. borrowings

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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