bond discount(redirected from Bond Discounts)
The difference by which a bond's market price is lower than its face value. The antithesis of a bond premium, which prevails when the market price of a bond is higher than its face value. See: Original issue discount.
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A situation in which a bond's market value is lower than its face value. Short-term bonds are often issued at a bond discount, especially if they are zero-coupon bonds. However, bonds on the secondary market may trade at a bond discount, which occurs when supply exceeds demand. A bond discount is likely when the issuer has poor or recently downgraded credit, or when current interest rates are higher than the bond's. See also: Unamortized bond discount.
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