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A bond with a coupon that is linked to some short-term benchmark interest rate. That is, a fairway bond carries a variable interest rate that changes according to a specified short-term interest rate. For example, a fairway bond may have a coupon of LIBOR + 0.5%. When investors believe interest rates will soon rise, they have an incentive to stay out of the bond market because their return would be locked at the lower interest rate. Fairway bonds reduce this incentive by allowing investors to take advantage of higher interest rates as they occur. A fairway bond is also called a floater. See also: Inverse floater.
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