Straight Bond

Loading the player...

What is a 'Straight Bond'

A straight bond is a bond that pays interest at regular intervals, and at maturity pays back the principal that was originally invested. Straight bonds are debt instruments because they are essentially loaning money (creating debt) to an entity. The entity (government, municipality, or organization) promises to pay the interest on the "debt" and at maturity pay back the original loan.

BREAKING DOWN 'Straight Bond'

A straight bond is the most basic of debt investments. It is also knows as a plain vanilla bond because there are no additional features that other bonds might have. For example, some bonds can be converted into shares of common stock. As with all bonds there is default risk, which is the risk that the company could go bankrupt and no longer honor its debt obligations.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Bond

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

    A fund invested primarily in bonds and other debt instruments. ...
  3. Term To Maturity

    The remaining life of a financial instrument. In bonds, it is ...
  4. International Bond

    Debt investments that are issued in a country by a non-domestic ...
  5. Extendable Bond

    A long-term debt security that includes an option to lengthen ...
  6. Discount Bond

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

    The Basics Of Municipal Bonds

    Investing in these bonds may offer a tax-free income stream but they are not without risks.
  2. Investing

    Advising FAs: Explaining Bonds to a Client

    Most of us have borrowed money at some point in our lives, and just as people need money, so do companies and governments. Companies need funds to expand into new markets, while governments need ...
  3. Home & Auto

    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.
  4. Retirement

    Analyzing The Best Retirement Plans And Investment Options: Bonds

    What they are: Debt securities in which you lend money to an issuer (such as a corporation or government) in exchange for interest payments and the future repayment of the bond’s face value. ...
  5. Professionals

    Types Of Bonds

    We look at the many types of bonds and explain what differentiates them from each other.
  6. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How To Evaluate Bond Performance

    Learn about how investors should evaluate bond performance. See how the maturity of a bond can impact its exposure to interest rate risk.
  7. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Why Companies Issue Bonds

    When companies need to raise money, issuing bonds is one way to do it. A bond functions like a loan between an investor and a corporation.
  8. Retirement

    Bond Basics: Different Types Of Bonds

    Government Bonds In general, fixed-income securities are classified according to the length of time before maturity. These are the three main categories: Bills - debt securities maturing in less ...
  9. Bonds

    What bonds are: Debt securities where you lend money to an issuer (e.g., a corporation or government) in exchange for interest payments and the future repayment of the bond’s face value. ...
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    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.
RELATED FAQS
  1. 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 >>
  2. What do cities do with the funds generated from municipal bonds?

    Learn more about municipal bonds, including the various types of bonds issued and the purposes of municipal bond funds, such ... Read Answer >>
  3. Which factors most influence fixed income securities?

    Learn about the main factors that impact the price of fixed income securities, and understand the various types of risk associated ... Read Answer >>
  4. How does face value differ from the price of a bond?

    Discover how bonds are traded as investment securities and understand the various terms used in bond trading, including par ... Read Answer >>
  5. 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 >>
  6. Why is my bond worth less than face value?

    Find out how bonds can be issued or traded for less than their listed face values, and learn what causes bond prices to fluctuate ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Cost Of Debt

    The effective rate that a company pays on its current debt. This can be measured in either before- or after-tax returns; ...
  2. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity ...
  3. Stop-Limit Order

    An order placed with a broker that combines the features of stop order with those of a limit order. A stop-limit order will ...
  4. Keynesian Economics

    An economic theory of total spending in the economy and its effects on output and inflation. Keynesian economics was developed ...
  5. Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications ...

    A member-owned cooperative that provides safe and secure financial transactions for its members. Established in 1973, the ...
  6. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles - GAAP

    The common set of accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their financial statements. ...
Trading Center