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Terms in Bonds

A- / A3

A-/A3 are similar rating categories issued by two different rating agencies, Moody's and S&P, to reflect long-term investment bond creditworthiness. read more

Above Par

Above par is a term used to describe the price of a bond when it is trading above its face value. This occurs when interest rates have declined so that newly-issued bonds carry lower coupon rates. read more

Accreted Value

Accreted value is a bond’s current value on a balance sheet including the interest accrued even though that is not paid until the bond matures. read more

Acquisition Debt

Acquisition debt is a debt obligation arising from the construction, improvement or purchase of a primary or secondary residence. read more


Aval is a third-party guarantee added to a debt obligation, primarily used in Europe. read more

Bid Bond

A bid bond is a debt secured by a bidder for a construction job, or similar type of bid-based selection process, for the purpose of providing a guarantee to the project owner that the bidder will take on the job if selected. read more

BOBL Futures Contract

A BOBL futures contract is a standardized futures contract based on a basket of medium-term debt issued by the German government. read more

Bond Fund

A bond fund invests primarily in bonds (government, corporate, municipal, convertible) and other debt instruments to generate monthly income. read more

Bullet Bond

A bullet bond is a debt investment whose entire principal value is paid in whole upon maturity rather than amortized across its lifespan. read more

Bid Wanted In Competition (BWIC)

Bid wanted in competition (BWIC) is an invitation extended by a seller to a number of securities dealers to set a price on a package of securities. read more

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