Maturity mismatch

Definition:

In the context of hedging, maturity mismatch arises when a hedging instrument does not match the maturity of the underlying assets thus creating an imperfect hedge. In the context of balance sheets, maturity mismatch arises when there are more short-term liabilities than short-term assets to cover the liabilities with.

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Money market

Money markets are for borrowing and lending money for three years or less. The securities in a money market can be U.S.government bonds, Treasury bills and commercial paper from banks and companies.

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