1. Calculating zero coupon yields.
To calculate zero coupon yields from given par yields, for the same maturities and the same risk class.
2. Yield curve conversion.
More generally, to calculate any yield curve from another given yield curve for the same maturities.
3. Iterative calculations.
To undertake any calculation process where the results from earlier calculations are inputs to subsequent calculations.
4. Companies financial reporting - earnings per share effects.
Abbreviation for the bootstrap effect.
5. Business recovery and business growth.
To improve or grow a business using its existing limited resources.
Origin: "To pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps."
A bootstrap being a loop at the back of a boot, used to pull it on.