yield to average life

Yield to average life

A yield calculation in which bonds are retired routinely during the life of the issue. Since the issuer buys its own bonds on the open market because of sinking fund requirements, if the bonds are trading below par, this action provides automatic price support for these bonds and they will usually trade on a yield to average life basis.
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Yield to Average Life

A calculation of the yield of a bond assuming the bond's average life. The yield to average life is useful if a bond is likely to be retired before maturity because of sinking fund requirements. This method helps the investor determine how much he/she is likely to make from a given bond investment, regardless of its actual maturity. See also: Yield to worst.
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yield to average life

The average yield on a fixed-income security assuming an average life for the security. In the case of bonds, average life may be significantly less than the number of years until maturity because of sinking fund requirements. Thus, the investor may be forced to sell the bond back before maturity.
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