Negative Pledge Clause

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Negative Pledge Clause'

A negative covenant in an indenture stating that the corporation will not pledge any of its assets if doing so gives the lenders less security. Also be referred to as a "covenant of equal coverage".

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Negative Pledge Clause'

A negative pledge clause is just another way for bondholders to protect their investment. By including a negative pledge clause in a bond indenture, the bondholders of the current bond issue prevent the company from issuing any debt in the future which would jeopardize their current priority claim on the company's assets.

Including a negative pledge cause in a bond indenture increases the safety of the bond issue from the investors' perspective, and therefore often allows the bond issuer to borrow funds at a slightly lower interest rate.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Bond

    A debt investment in which an investor loans money to an entity ...
  2. Indenture

    A legal and binding contract between a bond issuer and the bondholders.
  3. Negative Covenant

    A bond covenant preventing certain activities, unless agreed ...
  4. Affirmative Covenant

    A type of promise or contract which requires a party to do something. ...
  5. Asset

    1. A resource with economic value that an individual, corporation ...
  6. Covenant

    A promise in an indenture, or any other formal debt agreement, ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is a "linear" exposure in Value at Risk (VaR) calculation?

    A linear exposure in the value-at-risk, or VaR, calculation is represented by positions in stocks, bonds, commodities or ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How can I create a yield curve in Excel?

    You can create a yield curve in Microsoft Excel if you are given the time to maturities of bonds and their respective yields ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the different formations of yield curves?

    There are three main different formations of yield curves: normal, inverted and flat yield curves. The yield curve describes ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How does the risk of investing in the aerospace sector compare to the broader market?

    Investing in the aerospace sector is riskier than investing in the broader market. The most accurate measure of sector volatility, ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Do any markets not exhibit asymmetric information?

    Asymmetric information, when interpreted literally, means that two parties to an economic transaction have different information ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can small investors buy collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs)?

    Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), which are pools of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), are available to smaller ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Bond Basics Tutorial

    Investing in bonds - What are they, and do they belong in your portfolio?
  2. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Advanced Bond Concepts

    Learn the complex concepts and calculations for trading bonds including bond pricing, yield, term structure of interest rates and duration.
  3. Professionals

    Why You Should Avoid Fixating on Bond Duration

    Financial advisors and their clients should then focus on a bond fund’s portfolio rather than relying on any single metric like duration.
  4. Investing

    The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate and currency volatility spiking.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Why You May Want To Be (And Stay) In Bonds

    Bonds are complicated, and it’s easy to feel intimidated or confused. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a numbers geek to be an informed investor.
  6. Trading Strategies

    How To Cover Your Bases After Making A Trade

    Follow up your trade entry with these time-tested risk management strategies.
  7. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Four Steps To Manage A Downturn In The Market

    A few simple adjustments could end your losing streak as soon as it begins.
  8. Professionals

    Tips for Assessing a Client's Risk Tolerance

    Determining a client’s risk tolerance is a critical piece of the puzzle in designing and appropriate asset allocation.
  9. Investing

    Why Some Investors Are Tilting Toward TIPS

    Last month’s five-year TIPS auction drew nearly $48 billion in interest, a sign of recent renewed demand for this inflation indexed asset among investors.
  10. Retirement

    Tips for Boosting Your Retirement Income

    Here are some best practices on how to generate as much retirement income as possible.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Unlevered Beta

    A type of metric that compares the risk of an unlevered company to the risk of the market. The unlevered beta is the beta ...
  2. Moving Average - MA

    A widely used indicator in technical analysis that helps smooth out price action by filtering out the “noise” from random ...
  3. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity ...
  4. Productivity

    An economic measure of output per unit of input. Inputs include labor and capital, while output is typically measured in ...
  5. Variance

    The spread between numbers in a data set, measuring Variance is calculated by taking the differences between each number ...
  6. Terminal Value - TV

    The value of a bond at maturity, or of an asset at a specified, future valuation date, taking into account factors such as ...
Trading Center