DEFINITION of 'Treasury Receipt'

A zero-coupon bond that doesn't pay interest at regular intervals between the date of issue and maturity, but instead accrues the interest and pays it with the principal at maturity. Treasury receipts are sold by an intermediary, such as a brokerage firm, that issues a receipt to the purchaser representing the underlying treasury securities.

BREAKING DOWN 'Treasury Receipt'

Treasury receipts have many different acronyms, including: STRIPS (Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal Securities), CATS (Certificates of Accrual on Treasury Securities), TIGRs (Treasury Investment Growth Receipts) and COUGRs (Certificate of Government Receipts). Generally, the receipts were created when a brokerage house would separate the coupon from the principal of a Treasury bond or certain mortgage-backed security bonds, and repackage them so that the principal and coupon were paid at maturity, a process that was permitted by the 1986 Tax Act. Now, the Treasury Department can issue its own zero-coupon bonds, lessening the appeal of the brokerage receipts.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Receipt

    A written acknowledgment that something of value has been transferred ...
  2. Custodial Receipt

    A receipt representing a security held by a custodian or transfer ...
  3. Gross Receipts

    A tax term relating to the total business revenue from services ...
  4. Certificates Of Accrual On Treasury ...

    Issued by the U.S. Treasury and stripped by a financial intermediary, ...
  5. Long Bond

    The 30-year U.S. Treasury Bond. The long bond is so called because ...
  6. Coupon Stripping

    The separation of a bond's periodic interest payments from its ...
Related Articles
  1. Taxes

    Which Receipts Save Big Money at Tax Time

    Don't wait to April 13th to set up a smart receipt-filing system. These 7 categories could save you some significant money.
  2. Investing

    Introduction to Treasury Securities

    Purchasing bonds that are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government can provide steady guaranteed income and peace of mind. Knowing the characteristics of each type of treasury ...
  3. Financial Advisor

    Top 4 Treasurys ETFs (SHY, IEI)

    Learn about the specifics of the top four U.S. Treasury ETFs and how investors can buy ETFs that invest in bonds along the yield curve.
  4. Investing

    All About Zero Coupon Bonds

    Zero-coupon bonds are bonds that do not make any interest payments (which investment professionals often refer to as the "coupon") until maturity. For investors, this means that if you make an ...
  5. Investing

    What's a 10-Year Treasury Note?

    A 10-year Treasury note is an intermediate debt obligation issued by the United States government, and with a ten-year maturity date.
  6. Investing

    Understanding Treasury Yield

    Treasury yield refers to the return on an investment in a U.S. government debt obligation, such as a bill, note or bond.
  7. Investing

    Long-Term Treasury Bond ETFs Are Attracting Assets in 2016 (TLT, TLH)

    Discover five exchange-traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury long-term bonds and experienced large year-to-date capital inflows as of March 4, 2016.
  8. Investing

    The 3 Largest U.S. Government ETFs (TIP, SHY)

    Learn about the benefits of U.S. government ETFs, and explore the three largest government funds available on the market as of March 2016.
  9. Investing

    Find The Right Bond At The Right Time

    Find out which bonds you should be investing in and when you should be buying them.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are the maturity terms for Treasury bonds?

    Learn how treasury bonds pay interest, when they reach maturity and the differences between terms for treasury bonds and ... Read Answer >>
  2. How does an investor make money on a zero coupon bond?

    Learn about investing in zero-coupon bonds, exactly how they work as an investment vehicle, and their advantages and disadvantages ... Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between the Daily Treasury Long-Term Rates and the Daily Treasury ...

    Find out more about the daily Treasury long-term rates, daily Treasury yield curve rates and the difference between these ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Profitability Index

    An index that attempts to identify the relationship between the costs and benefits of a proposed project through the use ...
  2. Restricted Stock Unit

    Compensation offered by an employer to an employee in the form of company stock. The employee does not receive the stock ...
  3. Operating Ratio

    A ratio that shows the efficiency of a company's management by comparing operating expense to net sales. Calculated as:
  4. Expense Ratio

    A measure of what it costs an investment company to operate a mutual fund. An expense ratio is determined through an annual ...
  5. Pro Forma

    A Latin term meaning "for the sake of form". In the investing world, it describes a method of calculating financial results ...
  6. Trumpcare

    The American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare and Ryancare, is the Republican proposal to replace Obamacare.
Trading Center