||The borrowing capacity of an individual, company or government. More narrowly, the term is often used as a synonym for corporate bonds.
||An index represents a particular market or a portion of it, serving as a performance indicator for that market.
||The rate of increase in the cost of living. Inflation is usually quoted as an annual percentage, comparing the average price this month with the same month a year earlier. There are two inflation indices in the UK – the Retail Prices Index (RPI) and the Consumer Prices Index (CPI).