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Basis Point


One hundredth of one percent. It's the measure bankers use to talk about mortgages: they talk about mortgage rates going up or down a certain number of basis points.


If mortgage rates are quoted today at 6.274% and next week at 6.284%, they have gone up one basis point. If they move two weeks later to 6.074%, they've gone down 20 basis points from the original quote.