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Callable Bond

A callable bond allows the issuer to redeem the bond on a call date before the bond matures at a defined call price, and usually offers a higher yield than simple bonds without the callable feature. As a general rule, when the interest rate bottoms out, the issuer will be less likely to call back the bond.

Illustrative Examples

 
 
November 2013
 
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In November 2013, Miss Lee invested in a callable bond with a face value of US$200,000 at market price of 100%. Details are as follow:

- Coupon Rate (p.a.): 4%
- Maturity Date: 15 November 2019
- Call Price: 100%
- Call Date: 15 March 2017

Call Date
 
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On 15 March 2007, if the issuer "recalls" the bond back from Miss Lee, then the return for Miss Lee would be:

US$200,000 x 4% x 40/12 years = US$26,667

 

 

 

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