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1. A payment on the interest and/or principal on a loan; debt service.

2. When a bond is called or matures and a new one is issued, the amount by which the face value of the old issue exceeds the face value of the new one. This represents a reduction in the issuer's debt. If a company pays out $10,000,000 in bond maturities and then issues $7,000,000 in new bonds, this is an example of paydown, because the company now has $3,000,000 less in debt.


In a corporate or U.S. Treasury refunding, the amount by which the face value of the bonds being refunded exceeds the par value of the new bonds being sold. The paydown represents the amount by which the debt is reduced.
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Over half of the participants reported that SaveUp motivated them to save money and pay down debt.
It shows that the government, acting as the borrower of last resort, kept both the level of economic activity and money supply from shrinking in the face of massive nationwide effort by the companies to pay down debt.
9 trillion of current law surpluses over the next fifteen years to new spending and use the remainder to pay down our national debt.
SAN FRANCISCO -- As homeowners continue to express their desire to pay down debt and focus on saving for the future, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) announced today it has expanded its Wells Fargo Cash Back(SM) Card program to give eligible customers the ability to pay down their home equity principal.
Although the pork-barrel politicians (or their opponents, for that matter) never understood what they were actually doing, by keeping the economy stable, they have allowed companies to pay down debt so much that, for most companies, their job of repairing balance sheets will be finished in just a few more years.
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Bankers worry about refi customers who take out the cash, pay down their credit cards but continue to spend, creating a debt bubble without the safety net of home equity the next time.
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In other words, it appears we can afford to pay down the debt and provide some much-needed tax relief.
Looking forward, Fitch expects the utility system to continue with further accelerated debt pay down.
We are going to use the land that is owned by the power side to pay down the debt and land owned by the water side to make sure we don't have to raise rates,'' Salas said.
PreTS XXIII is also collateralized with a principal strip issued by a government sponsored entity, which will mature in September 2016 and will be used to pay down the most senior notes outstanding at that date.