Duration Averaging


Definition of "Duration averaging"

Disciplined approach to managing an insurance company's bond portfolio duration. When interest rates rise, the average maturity and duration of the bond portfolio is lengthened, resulting in the portfolio becoming more aggressively positioned to take advantage of the falling bond prices. Conversely, when interest rates fall, the average maturity and duration of the bond portfolio is shortened, resulting in the portfolio becoming more defensively positioned to take advantage of the rising bond prices.

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