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Maturity Date

is the date when a bond will be rapid.

Face Value

is the dollar amount that the bondholder will recieve at the bond's maturity.


a bond that is backed only by the reputation of the issuing corporation rather than the specific assets.

Mortgage Bond

a bond that is backed by assets of a corporation, also known as a secured bond.

Subordinated Debenture

an unsecured bond that gives bondholders a chain to interest payments and assets of the corporation only after all other bondholders have been paid.

Convertible Bond

a bond that an investor can trade for shares of the corporation's common stock.

Call Feature

allows a corporation to buy back bonds from bondholders before the maturity date.

Bond Indenture

a legal document that details all of the conditions pertaining to a particular bond issue.

Sinking Fund

a fund to which a corporation makes deposits for the purpose of paying back a bond issue.

Serial Bonds

bonds isssued at the same time that mature on different dates.

Registered Bond

a bond registered in the owner's name by the company that issues the bond.

Registered Coupon Bond

a bond that is registered in the owner's name for the face value only and not for interest.

Bearer Bond

a bond that is not registered in the investor's name.

Zero-Coupon Bond

a bond that provides no interest payments and is redeemed for its face value at maturity.

Municipal Bond

a security issued by a state or local government to pay for its ongoing activities.

General Obligation Bond

a bond that is backed by the full faith and credit of the government that issued it.

Revenue Bond

a bond that is rapid from the income generated by the project it is designed to finance.

Investment-Grade Bonds

bonds that are issued by financing by financially stable companies or municipalities.


the rate of return

Closed-End Fund

a mutual fund with a mixed number of shares that are issued by an investment company when the fund is first organized.

Open-End Fund

mutual fund with an inlimited number of shares that are issued and redeemed by an investment company at the investors' request.

Load Fund

mutual fund in which you pay a commission every time you purchase shares.

No-Load Fund

mutual fund in which the individual investor pays no commission.

Net Asset Value

the amount one share of a mutual fund is worth.

12b-1 Fee

a fee that an investment company charges to help pay for marketing and advertising a mutual fund.


a report that provides potential investors with detailed information abiut a particular mutual fund.

Family of Funds

a variety of mutual funds managed by one investment company.

Income Dividends

earnings a fund pays to shareholders.

Capital Gain Distributions

payments made to shareholders that result from the sale of securities in the fund's portfolio.

Capital Gain

the profit you make from selling your shares in a mutual fund for higher price than you paid for them.

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