Fixed Income Bond Terms

In this article we review the key terms and definitions used in fixed income.

What are the most important fixed income terms?

Welcome to CFI’s guide to the most important fixed income terms. For a complete understanding of bonds and fixed income securities, check out our free Fixed Income Fundamentals course.

 

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Annuity:

An annuity is a series of payments in equal time periods, guaranteed for a fixed number of years.

Annuity factor:

Present value of $1 paid for each of t periods.

Constant perpetuity:

A constant stream of identical cash flows without end.

Correlation:

A statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other.

Coupon rate:

The amount of interest received by a bond investor expressed on a nominal annual basis.

Current yield:

The coupon from a bond divided by the market price of the bond, expressed as a percentage.

Discount factor:

The percentage rate required to calculate the present value of a future cash flow.

Expected value:

The percentage rate required to calculate the present value of a future cash flow.

Growing perpetuity:

A constant stream of cash flows without end that is expected to rise indefinitely.

Moving average:

Mean of time series data (observations equally spaced in time) from several consecutive periods. Called ‘moving’ because it is continually recomputed as new data becomes available.

Par value:

The amount returned to the bond investor by the issuer upon maturity.

Time value of money:

A measure of the dispersion of a set of data points around their mean value. Variance is a mathematical expectation of the average squared deviations from the mean

Yield to maturity:

The annual return earned by a bond investor if purchasing a bond today and holding it until maturity.

 

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