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Sweetener

An extra incentive to encourage investors to buy a bond or preferred stock. For example, a bond may include a right to buy common stock in the issuer for 10% below its market value. A sweetener is designed to help sell securities. It is also called a kicker, a wrinkle, or bells and whistles.

bells and whistles

Special features that are added to ordinary investments to attract investors' attention. Examples of bells and whistles include put features on bonds and floating dividends on preferred stock. Often the value of the features is more apparent than real. Also called kickers, wrinkles.
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Game Boy titles are simple games designed for basic hand-held portables without the bells and whistles and technical quality today's gamers expect.
Though it deals with many of Flight's themes (the homosexual mindset, the old man-young man relationship, the power of the flesh), it does so "straight"--no literary conceits, no artistic bells and whistles here.
The increase in demand for portable digital players, and all the bells and whistles that go along with them, is good news for manufacturers.
Hovde, Meyer and Blumer take a workmanlike approach to the material, with the usual assortment of historians and historical re-creations, but Franklin's is a life that doesn't require many bells and whistles to resonate nonetheless.
By providing a cost-effective and integrated way of getting the most out of your network, you can have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive solutions.
Retailers may want the bells and whistles, but they also don't want the high variable costs, complications and risks that come with building them or supporting an inflexible system.
But with Friday's sunshine and clear skies, the supervisor decided to forgo the bells and whistles.
Fiscal's POS system has all the bells and whistles a merchant needs to make fuel and other purchases simple for the customer.
It'd be nice if fewer high-tech bells and whistles were employed to tell this story, and it was related a little more cogently.