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More specifically, in economics and finance for example, there is the "equity premium puzzle" (Wikipedia). This is the puzzle of why equities seem to enjoy a "premium" relative to (government) bonds.

We could therefore also refer to this puzzle as the "bond __ puzzle"? What is the best word to fill in the blank here? I can think of only "dispremium" but I don't think that's a proper word.

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    In this context, wouldn't the opposite of a premium be a discount? Feb 24, 2014 at 0:15
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    Peter Shor is right. In finance, opposite of premium is discount.
    – ermanen
    Feb 24, 2014 at 2:41
  • Yes I think discount is correct.
    – user38936
    Feb 24, 2014 at 14:30

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As the comments note, an appropriate antonym is "discount":

premium — additional sum: a sum of money paid in addition to a normal wage, rate, price, or other amount

discount — reduction in price: a reduction in the usual price of something

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Disfavor would seem to be a decent suggestion here.

I think that premium in this sense is referring to a preference or demand.

Since you are looking for the opposite of that preference, I would say disfavor.

Some other terms like discrimination could be elected, too. Investors are discriminating against bonds in favor of equities.

Likewise, bias is another useful term. (The only caveat is that bias can mean both for and against.)

Additionally, derision could be applied. Investors are contemptuous of bonds and it is puzzling.

And, lastly, distrust. In context, you are saying that investors don't inherently trust bonds despite their performance advantage.

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