What it is:
War babies are securities issued by companies in the defense industry.
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Why it matters:
War babies are securities from companies that create tools, services and intelligence needed during war. Accordingly, when a country is at war or may go to war, companies like Company XYZ and Company ABC profit more. In turn, the value of their securities likely rise.
Conversely, war babies usually lose value when conflicts decrease or cease. However, it is important to that even when a country is not at war, governments are still interested in maintaining their defenses and thus usually have some level of consistent business for these companies. It is also important to that these companies have an unusual kind of risk -- they largely depend on one customer (the government).