Etymology[ edit ] The English term "debt" was first used in the late 13th century. Restored spelling [was used] after c.
New capital[ edit ] Securities are the traditional way that commercial enterprises raise new capital. These may be an attractive alternative to bank loans depending on their pricing and market demand for particular characteristics.
Another disadvantage of bank loans as a source of financing is that the bank may seek a measure of protection against default by the borrower via extensive financial covenants. Through securities, capital is provided by investors who purchase the securities upon their initial issuance.
In a similar way, a government may issue securities too when it needs to increase government debt. Type of holder[ edit ] Investors in securities may be retaili.
The greatest part of investment, in terms of volume, is wholesalei. Important institutional investors include investment banksinsurance companies, pension funds and other managed funds. Investment[ edit ] The traditional economic function of the purchase of securities is investment, with the view to receiving income or achieving capital gain.
Debt securities generally offer a higher rate of interest than bank deposits, and equities may offer the prospect of capital growth. Equity investment may also offer control of the business of the issuer.
Debt holdings may also offer some measure of control to the investor if the company is a fledgling start-up or an old giant undergoing 'restructuring'.
In these cases, if interest payments are missed, the creditors may take control of the company and liquidate it to recover some of their investment.
Collateral[ edit ] The last decade has seen an enormous growth in the use of securities as collateral. Purchasing securities with borrowed money secured by other securities or cash itself is called " buying on margin ". Where A is owed a debt or other obligation by B, A may require B to deliver property rights in securities to A, either at inception transfer of title or only in default non-transfer-of-title institutional.
For institutional loans, property rights are not transferred but nevertheless enable A to satisfy its claims in the event that B fails to make good on its obligations to A or otherwise becomes insolvent.
Collateral arrangements are divided into two broad categories, namely security interests and outright collateral transfers. Commonly, commercial banks, investment banks, government agencies and other institutional investors such as mutual funds are significant collateral takers as well as providers.
In addition, private parties may utilize stocks or other securities as collateral for portfolio loans in securities lending scenarios. On the consumer level, loans against securities have grown into three distinct groups over the last decade: Of the three, transfer-of-title loans have fallen into the very high-risk category as the number of providers has dwindled as regulators have launched an industry-wide crackdown on transfer-of-title structures where the private lender may sell or sell short the securities to fund the loan.
Institutionally managed consumer securities-based loans, on the other hand, draw loan funds from the financial resources of the lending institution, not from the sale of the securities.
Collateral and sources of collateral are changing, in gold became a more acceptable form of collateral. The problem, until now, for collateral managers has been deciphering the bad eggs from the good, which proves to be a time consuming and inefficient task. Debt and equity[ edit ] Debt[ edit ] Debt securities may be called debenturesbondsdepositsnotes or commercial paper depending on their maturity, collateral and other characteristics.
The holder of a debt security is typically entitled to the payment of principal and interest, together with other contractual rights under the terms of the issue, such as the right to receive certain information. Debt securities are generally issued for a fixed term and redeemable by the issuer at the end of that term.
Debt securities may be protected by collateral or may be unsecured, and, if they are unsecured, may be contractually "senior" to other unsecured debt meaning their holders would have a priority in a bankruptcy of the issuer. Debt that is not senior is "subordinated".Summary.
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Bearer securities are completely negotiable and entitle the holder to the rights under the security (e.g., to payment if it is a debt security, and voting if it is an equity security).
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