DEFINITION of 'Parity Bond'

Two or more bond issues with equal rights to one another. In other words, a parity bond is an issued bond with equal rights to a claim as other bonds already issued. For example, unsecured bonds have equal rights in that coupons can be claimed without any one bond having priority over another. Therefore, unsecured bonds would be referred to as parity bonds.


A parity bond is also referred to as part passu bond.

BREAKING DOWN 'Parity Bond'

These types of fixed-income securities are commonly issued by municipalities as a way to gather finance capital. Parity bonds are similar to pari passu securities, which are securities or debts that have equal claims on a right. For example, common shares all have equal rights to claim a dividend without one share having priority over another.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Bond

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

    1. In general, a situation of equality. Parity can occur in many ...
  3. Bond Yield

    The amount of return an investor will realize on a bond. Several ...
  4. Bond Resolution

    1. A document used with government bonds, especially general ...
  5. Term Bond

    Bonds from the same issue that share the same maturity dates. ...
  6. Discount Bond

    A bond that is issued for less than its par (or face) value, ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    Corporate Bond Basics: Learn to Invest

    Understand the basics of corporate bonds to increase your chances of positive returns.
  2. Investing

    How To Choose The Right Bond For You

    Bond investing is a stable and low-risk way to diversify a portfolio. However, knowing which types of bonds are right for you is not always easy.
  3. Investing

    Investing in Bonds: 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Today's Market

    Investors need to understand the five mistakes involving interest rate risk, credit risk, complex bonds, markups and inflation to avoid in the bond market.
  4. Investing

    5 Reasons to Invest in Municipal Bonds When the Fed Hikes Rates

    Discover five reasons why investing in municipal bonds after the Fed hikes interest rates, and not before, can be a great way to boost investment income.
  5. Investing

    The Basics Of Bonds

    Bonds play an important part in your portfolio as you age; learning about them makes good financial sense.
  6. Investing

    The Best Bet for Retirement Income: Bonds or Bond Funds?

    Retirees seeking income from their investments typically look into bonds. Here's a look at the types of bonds, bond funds and their pros and cons.
  7. Investing

    Surprise! The Best Long-term Bond Investment May Be Savings Bonds

    A 20-year Series EE savings bond pays more interest than a 20-year Treasury bond. So are government-issued long-term bonds the best bet going?
  8. Investing

    Top 6 Uses For Bonds

    We break down the stodgy stereotype to see what these investments can do for you.
  9. Investing

    Why Muni Bonds and Bond Funds are Perfect Together

    Municipal bonds and bond funds differ in several ways, which is partly why they complement each other well.
  10. Retirement

    Should I Invest in Bonds After I Retire?

    Yes, retirees should invest in bonds, but remember that not all bonds are safe investments. Seek the help of a financial advisor.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are the key factors that will cause a bond to trade as a premium bond?

    Learn about the primary factor that can cause bonds to trade at a premium, including how national interest rates affect bond ... Read Answer >>
  2. What forms of debt security are available for the average investor?

    Discover the various different types of debt securities, issued by government entities or corporations, that are available ... Read Answer >>
  3. What determines the price of a bond in the open market?

    Learn more about some of the factors that influence the valuation of bonds on the open market, and why bond prices and yields ... Read Answer >>
  4. Do long-term bonds have a greater interest rate risk than short-term bonds?

    The answer to this question lies in the fixed income nature of bonds and debentures, often referred to together simply as ... Read Answer >>
  5. Where can I buy government bonds?

    The type of bond determines where you can purchase it, so you need to decide which type of bond you would like to purchase ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Co-pay

    A type of insurance policy where the insured pays a specified amount of out-of-pocket expenses for health-care services such ...
  2. Protectionism

    Government actions and policies that restrict or restrain international trade, often done with the intent of protecting local ...
  3. Fiduciary

    A fiduciary is a person who acts on behalf of another person, or persons to manage assets.
  4. Demonetization

    Demonetization is the act of stripping a currency unit of its status as legal tender and is necessary whenever there is a ...
  5. Investment

    An asset or item that is purchased with the hope that it will generate income or appreciate in the future. In an economic ...
  6. Redlining

    The unethical practice whereby financial institutions make it extremely difficult or impossible for residents of poor inner-city ...
Trading Center