Important Terms

Coupon
Interest paid to the holder of the bond.

Dated date
When interest begins accruing on a new bond issue. It frequently coincides with theissue date.

Issuer
Entity which issues securities such as bonds. A government, a local government, a non-profit organization or a company can be bond’s issuer. The issuer is the borrower.

Nominal
Also called par value or face value, it represents the amount of money the issuer receives for each bond. This amount is also the basis for calculating interest payments.

Maturity

Redemption’s date of the bond. Redemption typically takes place when the bond is fully amortized.