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Dead Money

What is 'Dead Money'

A slang term for money invested in a security with minor hopes of appreciation or earning a return. The stock may also be referred as dead money by analysts, as a warning to investors who might purchase the shares.

Explaining 'Dead Money'

Funds that are not earning interest or income are known as dead money. Some investors will hold a stock despite recent price drops, hoping that it will turn around and earn back some of the lost value. However, if the investment is dead money, the likelihood of a turnaround is low, and investors should consider selling the shares before incurring additional losses.


Further Reading


Dead money: Inheritance law and the longevity of family firms
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Is the private finance initiative dead?Is the private finance initiative dead?
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Dead pledges: mortgaging time and spaceDead pledges: mortgaging time and space
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Is the USSR dead? Experience from the financial and economic crisis of 2008–2009Is the USSR dead? Experience from the financial and economic crisis of 2008–2009
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Neoliberalism is dead, dominant, defeatable–then what?Neoliberalism is dead, dominant, defeatable–then what?
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The corrosive effects of neoliberalism on the UK financial crises and auditing practices: A dead-end for reformsThe corrosive effects of neoliberalism on the UK financial crises and auditing practices: A dead-end for reforms
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Q&A About Dead Money


What is dead money?

Dead money is a slang term for money invested in a security with minor hopes of appreciation or earning a return. The stock may also be referred as dead money by analysts, as a warning to investors who might purchase the shares.

What does it mean if an investment is dead money?

It means that the likelihood of a turnaround is low and investors should consider selling the shares before incurring additional losses.

How can you avoid holding investments that are considered dead money?

You can avoid holding investments that are considered dead money by selling them before incurring additional losses.

Who will hold stocks despite recent price drops?

Investors will hold stocks despite recent price drops.