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Premium bond

A bond that is selling for more than its par value.

Premium Bond

A bond with a price higher than its face value. A premium bond occurs when a particular bond's coupon rates exceed the interest rates prevailing at the time. For example, if a bond was issued with a 5% coupon and most other bonds are paying 2%, this bond has more value on both the primary and secondary markets. As a result, it is more expensive and is sold at a premium.

premium bond

A bond that sells at a price above its par value. An investor must be careful about purchasing a bond that is selling at a premium because of the possibility of a call by the bond's issuer for sinking fund requirements or for refunding. Except for convertible bonds, the size of a bond's premium usually can be expected to decline as the bond approaches maturity, at which time it will be paid off at par.

premium bond

a FINANCIAL SECURITY issued by the UK government as a means of raising money for the government and encouraging private SAVING. Premium bonds are issued in small denominations, but do not pay interest, nor can a capital gain be obtained on redemption, since they are issued and redeemed at their face value. Their appeal lies in the prospect of a ‘gambler's chance' of winning a substantial lump sum of money in a monthly prize lottery (numbers being drawn electronically by ‘ERNIE’).

premium bond

a FINANCIAL SECURITY issued by the UK government as a means of raising money for the government and encouraging private SAVING. Premium bonds are issued in small denominations but do not pay interest, nor can a capital gain be obtained on redemption since they are issued and redeemed at their face value. Their appeal lies in the prospect of a ‘gambler's chance’ of winning a substantial lump sum of money in a monthly prize lottery (numbers being drawn electronically by ‘ERNIE’).
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It remains a mystery who actually came up with the acronym 'Ernie' to mean Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, but he is central to the whole concept of Premium Bonds by producing all the winning numbers.
The Blackpool-based machine will be the fourth ERNIE, which stands for Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment.
However, seven years on, Ernie - the Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, that picks winning bonds - is still going strong.
Its Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, commonly known as Ernie, has transcended its status as 'the machine that churns out the numbers', to become famous throughout the country.

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