Maturity date
The date when a bond will repaid.

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Face valueThe dollar amount that the bondholder will receive at the bond's maturity
DebentureA bond that is backed only by the reputation of the issuing corporation rather than by its specific assets.
Mortgage bondA bond that is backed by assets of the corporation.
Subordinated debentureAn unsecured bond that gives bondholders a claim to interest payments and assets of the corporation only after all other bondholders have been paid.
Convertible bondA bond that an investor can trade for shares of the corporation's common stock.
Call featureAllows a corporation to buy back bonds from bondholders before the maturity date.
Bond indentureA legal document that details all of the conditions pertaining to a particular bond issue.
Sinking fundA fund to which a corporation makes deposits for the purpose of paying back a bond issue.
Serial bondsBonds issued at the same time that mature on different dates.
Registered bondA bond registered in the owner's name by the company that issues the bond.
Registered coupon bondA bond that is registered in the owner's name for the face value only and not for interest.
Bearer bondA bond that is not registered in the investor's name.
Zero-coupon bondA bond that provides no interest payments and is redeemed for its face value at maturity.
Municipal bondA security issued by a state or local government to pay for its ongoing activities.
General obligation bondA bond that is backed by the full faith and credit of the government that issued it.
Revenue bondA bond that is repaid from the income generated by the project it is designed to finance.
Investment-grade bondsBonds that are issued by financially stable companies or municipalities.
YieldThe rate of return, usually stated as a percentage, earned by an investor who holds a bond for a certain period of time.
Close-end fundMutual fund with a fixed number of shares that are issued by an investment company when the fund is first organized.
Open-end fundA mutual fund with an unlimited number of shares that are issued and redeemed by an investment company at the investors' request.
Net asset value (NAV)The amount one share of mutual fund is worth.
Load fundA mutual fund in which you pay a commission every time you purchase shares.
No-load fundA mutual fund in which the individual investor pays no commission.
12b-1 feeFee that an investment company charges to help pay for marketing and advertising a mutual fund.
ProspectusA report that provides potential investors with detailed information about a particular mutual fund.
Family fundsVariety of mutual funds managed by one investment company.
Income dividendsThe earnings a fund pays to shareholders.
Capital gain distributionsPayments made to shareholders that result from the sale of securities in the fund's portfolio.

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