DEFINITION of 'Warrant'

A derivative security that gives the holder the right to purchase securities (usually equity) from the issuer at a specific price within a certain time frame. Warrants are often included in a new debt issue as a "sweetener" to entice investors.


The main difference between warrants and call options is that warrants are issued and guaranteed by the company, whereas options are exchange instruments and are not issued by the company. Also, the lifetime of a warrant is often measured in years, while the lifetime of a typical option is measured in months.

  1. XW

    A symbol used to signify that a security is trading ex-warrant. ...
  2. Call Warrant

    A financial instrument that gives the holder the right to buy ...
  3. Warrant Coverage

    An agreement between a company and its shareholders whereby the ...
  4. Cum Warrant

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  5. Ex-Warrant

    The trading of shares when a warrant has been declared but not ...
  6. Warrant Premium

    The amount that an investor must pay above the current market ...
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