Definition of Serial Bond

Financial Terms Beginning with S

What is a Serial Bond

A serial bond is a bond of the same issue that has different maturities over several years. Segments of the outstanding bonds mature at regular intervals until all the bond segments have matured.

Each segment in the bond is issued concurrently with the repayment terms listed in the offering prospectus. This structure allows the issuer to retire the issue in small amounts over a long period of time.

Serial bonds are used to finance projects, commonly municipal-based, that provide a predictable and consistent income stream for bond repayment over time. Serial bonds do not utilize sinking funds as they rely on the revenue generated from the project that the bond is issued to fund.

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Related Investment Terms

Corporate Bond


Municipal Bond

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