The average time it takes for securities in a portfolio to mature.
Weighted average maturity measures the sensitivity of fixed-income portfolios to interest rate changes
Suppose mortgage-backed security contains two mortgages, one worth $10,000 and one worth $20,000, for a total of $30,000.
The $10,000 mortgage matures in five years, and the $20,000 mortgage in 10 years.
The weighted average remaining maturity is calculated as:
WAM = ($10,000 / $30,000) * 5 years + ($20,000 / $30,000) * 10 years = 8 1/3 years
The weighted average maturity is also known as the weighted average remaining maturity