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Capitalized interest is the conversion of accrued interest costs or future interest payments, by a contractual arrangement with the creditor, into a new debt instrument or the principal amount.

The most common form of capitalization is the reinvestment of interest costs into the principal amount, either because of an explicit agreement regarding the specific debt instrument or as part of a rescheduling agreement. Frequently as part of a rescheduling agreement, some percentage of interest due during the consolidation period (see below) is converted, through an agreement made with the creditor, into principal.

Source Publication:
IMF, 2003, External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users – Appendix III, Glossary, IMF, Washington DC.


Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, August 28, 2003