Definition of "Coupon"

Wayne  Becraft
  Long & Foster Real Estate

Fixed or stated amount of interest paid by a security expressed as a percent of the par value of the security. The longer the length of time until maturity, the higher the coupon rate to reflect the greater risk associated with a longer loan period. The higher the creditworthiness of the borrower, the lower the coupon rate. For example, United States Treasury issues have a low coupon rate because the United States has a long history of political and economic stability.

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