Some bonds are known as bearer bonds or coupon bonds. These bonds are not registered in the name of individual holders; instead, they are negotiable by whoever holds them.

To receive interest payments, the current holders simply clip off a coupon and redeem it at an authorized bank. Because coupon bonds do not offer much safety to the holder, most currently issued bonds are registered.

This means that the bonds are registered in the name of the holder and that all interest payments are made by the issuing company directly to the current bondholder.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are registered bonds?

Registered bonds are debt securities issued by governments or companies that are kept in the depository's system. All interest payments are made to the registered owner of the specific security, which is identified by means of a registration number, thus eliminating any need for coupons. This allows bondholders to keep their records straight without having to cut coupons and some bond holders make it a habit of selling their right to receive coupon payments.

Who issues registered bonds?

Registered bonds are issued by governments or companies, just like bearer bonds. The issuer can be either an individual company or a country seeking capital from investors who want to lend them money.

Who can purchase registered bonds?

Registered bonds can be bought by anyone, whether they are an investor or not. Owning a bond means that you have loaned money to its issuer and in return, you're guaranteed to receive all interest payments and the principal at maturity. This also makes it possible for companies and governments to issue unsecured bonds with no assets to back them up.

When does the repayment of principal and interest begin?

Repayment of the principal and interest begins on the registered bonds' maturity date, which is printed on the bond's face along with all other information about it. It is important for investors to pay attention to when a bond matures so they know when their money is due.

What kind of return can I expect from registered bonds?

Registered bonds offer a constant return, which means the interest payment remains the same throughout the life of the bond, but it also has no secondary market so you cannot sell your bond before maturity date.

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