Interest-only strip

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Interest-only strip (IO)

A security based solely on the interest payments from a pool of mortgages, Treasury bonds, or other bonds. Once the principal on the mortgages or bonds has been repaid, interest payments stop, and the value of the IO falls to zero.

Interest Only Strip

A derivative security whose cash flow derives exclusively from interest payments on various debt securities. That is, the underlying asset of an interest-only strip is interest paid on debt securities, rather than the debt securities themselves. Many interest only strips are backed by mortgage interest, but some are also backed by Treasury securities and other debt securities. Interest-only strips are derived from bonds whose coupons are legally separated, or "stripped", from the bonds themselves.
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