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Published: 5th March 2010 by William Webster

A bond is a long term debt obligation. It is sold by the borrower who is called the "issuer" in order to borrow money for the medium and long term. Typically a bond will have a maturity of between 2 and 20 years. The issuer can be a bank, company or government institution. Zero coupon bonds are unusual. They pay the investor no regular interest and although they represent a small proportion of the bond market zero coupon bonds can have advantages for both the issuer and investor.

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