DEFINITION of 'Fairway Bond'

A type of bond that accrues interest if the embedded index or interest-rate option underlying the bond remains within a specified range. The fairway in golf is like the index or interest rate range. The outlook is positive if the ball lands on the fairway; if a ball lands in the rough, the outlook is negative.

Also known as "corridor bond", "index range note", "range accrual note", or "index floater".

BREAKING DOWN 'Fairway Bond'

Conservative investors tend to choose this type of bond in the hope of maximizing their yield when they believe that the option will remain within a certain range during the time the bond is held. Investors may profit the most during a sideways market. Should the option remain out of range, the least the investor can expect is a return of principal.

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