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Types of Bonds

What Do High-Yield Bonds Have in Common?

Although high-yield bonds are issued in various packages, most new bonds share some basic characteristics.

The average dollar value of a new issue of high-yield bonds has consistently been around $200 million in recent years. Nearly 90% of the market is considered reasonably liquid, with issue sizes of over $100 million.

Maturities typically are 10 years or less. Few high-yield issues have the longer maturities generally associated with investment-grade corporate and municipal bonds. In fact, many high-yield issues are called “notes” rather than bonds because of their shorter maturities.

Call protection often extends for the first five years. This means that the purchaser of a newly issued high-yield bond can count on at least five years of interest payments before the issuer has an option to retire the bond at a specified price.


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