Zero-Coupon Bond

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DEFINITION of 'Zero-Coupon Bond'

A debt security that doesn't pay interest (a coupon) but is traded at a deep discount, rendering profit at maturity when the bond is redeemed for its full face value.

Also known as an "accrual bond."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Zero-Coupon Bond'

Some zero-coupon bonds are issued as such, while others are bonds that have been stripped of their coupons by a financial institution and then repackaged as zero-coupon bonds. Because they offer the entire payment at maturity, zero-coupon bonds tend to fluctuate in price much more than coupon bonds.

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