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High-Yield Bond

A bond with a low rating. Bonds rated less than Baa3 by Moody's or BBB- by S&P or Fitch are considered high-yield bonds. They have higher yields because they have a higher risk of default on the part of the issuer. High-yield bonds are considered sufficiently high-risk that the law does not allow banks to invest in them. They are also called low-grade bonds, and, informally, junk bonds.

low-grade

Of or relating to debt that has a credit rating of B or below. Low-grade debt offers an above-average yield but entails substantial risk because promised payments may not be made in a timely manner.
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The overall response rate (ORR) was 48% and PFS 13 months.Toxicities were mild and the efficacy was comparable to the cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone (CHOP) chemotherapy regimen, then considered as the gold standard for indolent lymphomas. This study led to approval of rituximab for relapsed indolent NHL in 1997 (21).
* The report reviews key players involved in the therapeutics development for Indolent Lymphoma and enlists all their major and minor projects
Bendamustine Plus Rituximab Is Superior in Respect of Progression Free Survival and CR Rate When Compared to CHOP Plus Rituximab as First-Line Treatment of Patients with Advanced Follicular, Indolent, and Mantle Cell Lymphomas: Final Results of a Randomized Phase III Study of the StiL (Study Group Indolent Lymphomas, Germany) Blood (ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts) 2009 Nov;114:405.