Flat trades

Flat trades

A bond in default trades flat; that is, the price quoted covers both principal and unpaid accrued interest. Any security that trades without accrued interest or at a price that includes accrued interest is said to trade flat.
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Flat Trades

1. Securities that do not trade with accrued interest included in the price. For example, most American exchanges trade bonds without including interest. See also: Clean price.

2. Securities, especially bonds, that normally trade with accrued interest but are not because of a significant problem. Normally, a bond flat trades when it is in default.
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