junk bond


junk bond

noun

business : a type of bond that pays high interest but also has a high risk

Full Definition of JUNK BOND

:  a high-risk bond that offers a high yield

First Known Use of JUNK BOND

1974

junk bond

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bond paying a high yield but also presenting greater risk than comparable securities. Junk bonds can be identified through the lower grades assigned by rating services (e.g., BBB instead of AAA for the highest quality bonds). Because the possibility of default is great, junk bonds are usually considered too risky for investment by the large institutional investors (savings and loan associations, pension funds, insurance companies, and mutual funds) that provide U.S. corporations with much of their investment capital. Junk bonds are often issued by smaller, newer companies.

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