Semi-Annual Bond Basis - SABB


DEFINITION of 'Semi-Annual Bond Basis - SABB'

A conversion metric to compare rates on bonds with varying characteristics. Since bonds come with all types of coupon rates and payment frequencies, it's important to be able to find some common measure to compare different types of bonds side-by-side. By using a semi-annual bond basis (SABB), the interest rate of a bond that pays other than semi-annually is converted into its semi-annual equivalent.

BREAKING DOWN 'Semi-Annual Bond Basis - SABB'

When considering the purchase of a bond from a brokerage, be sure to ask for the interest rate to be quoted on a semi-annual bond basis. If they are unable to provide this computation for you and you plan on investing in bonds on a regular basis, you should consider investing in a financial calculator or computer program that can assist you in this calculation.

  1. Coupon

    The annual interest rate paid on a bond, expressed as a percentage ...
  2. Maturity

    The period of time for which a financial instrument remains outstanding. ...
  3. Yield To Maturity (YTM)

    The total return anticipated on a bond if the bond is held until ...
  4. Par Value

    The face value of a bond. Par value for a share refers to the ...
  5. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, ...
  6. Yield To Call

    The yield of a bond or note if you were to buy and hold the security ...
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Junk Bonds: Everything You Need To Know

    Don't be fooled by the name - junk bonds may be for you if you know how to analyze them.
  2. Investing

    The Advantages Of Bonds

    Bonds contribute an element of stability to almost any portfolio and offer a safe and conservative investment.
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Corporate Bonds: An Introduction To Credit Risk

    Corporate bonds offer higher yields, but it's important to evaluate the extra risk involved before you buy.
  4. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How Bond Market Pricing Works

    Learn the basic rules that govern how bond prices are determined.
  5. Options & Futures

    Top 6 Uses For Bonds

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

    Event-Linked Bonds: Competing Against A Catastrophe

    These debt instruments can blow new wind into your portfolio, but only if you can handle the risk.
  7. Retirement

    Bond Basics Tutorial

    Investing in bonds - What are they, and do they belong in your portfolio?
  8. 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.
  9. Investing

    Where the Price is Right for Dividends

    There are two broad schools of thought for equity income investing: The first pays the highest dividend yields and the second focuses on healthy yields.
  10. Investing

    The Pros and Cons of High-Yield Bonds

    Junk bonds are more volatile than investment-grade bonds but may provide significant advantages when analyzed in-depth.
  1. What are the maximum Social Security disability benefits?

    The average Social Security disability benefit amount for a recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2 ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do I calculate the future value of an annuity?

    When planning for retirement, it is important to have a good idea of how much income you can rely on each year. There are ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Do hedge funds invest in bonds?

    Hedge funds have the freedom to deploy their capital in virtually any manner. They can use leverage, invest in non-publicly ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Have hedge funds eroded market opportunities?

    Hedge funds have not eroded market opportunities for longer-term investors. Many investors incorrectly assume they cannot ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Do mutual funds pay dividends or interest?

    Depending on the type of investments included in the portfolio, mutual funds may pay dividends, interest, or both. Types ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can mutual funds only hold bonds?

    While some mutual funds include bonds in addition to other asset types, certain funds, aptly named bond funds, hold only ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  2. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
  3. Quick Ratio

    The quick ratio is an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity. The quick ratio measures a company’s ability to meet ...
  4. Black Tuesday

    October 29, 1929, when the DJIA fell 12% - one of the largest one-day drops in stock market history. More than 16 million ...
  5. Black Monday

    October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost almost 22% in a single day. That event marked the beginning ...
  6. Monetary Policy

    Monetary policy is the actions of a central bank, currency board or other regulatory committee that determine the size and ...
Trading Center