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What is a bond swap?

Bond swap

It is a financial transaction in which an investor sells holdings of one bond and immediately reinvests the proceeds in another bond. There are a number of reasons, such as improving the quality of their portfolio and for tax planning purposes, for someone to undertake a bond swap.

Where have you heard about bond swaps?

Your financial adviser may suggest a bond swap, as may your accountant in the event that a swap could improve your tax position. Specialist investment publications will reference bond swaps from time to time, and they will feature in how-to investment guides.

What you need to know about bond swaps.

A bond swap is the near-instantaneous sale of one type of bond and the purchase of another using the sale proceeds. It may be undertaken for a number of reasons, such as taking advantage of a change in interest rates or bonds being highly sensitive to shifts in borrowing costs. There also may be a tax rationale for moving from one type of bond to another. Last but not least, a bond swap may be undertaken to improve the quality of a portfolio and the expected return for the investor.

Find out more about bond swaps.

To learn more about bonds, see our definition of a bond prospectus.

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