Debt instruments are paper based or electronically controllable obligations, issued by companies, organizations or governments for the purpose of raising money. Debt instrument securities are a way of transferring debt obligation from one party to another. Debt instrument securities are often used to facilitate debt trading and transfer of debt obligation from one party to another.
Certificates, bonds, notes, mortgages, leases etc, are a few forms of debt instruments. During transfer of contract, agreements are signed between the issuer and the creditor. According to investorsword.com, Debt Instrument can be defined as A written promise to repay a debt. Examples include bills, bonds, notes, CDs, GICs, commercial paper, and banker’s acceptances.(http://www.investorwords.com/1320/debt_instruments.html)
Debt instrument securities offer a specific tenure and different credit to institutions, states governments, supranational institutions, public authorities, and companies often use debt instrument securities with the purpose of raising money.
Potential investors buy the debt instruments and there remain a specific maturity value or face value of the different debt instruments. Various debt instrument securities are auctioned and issued through proper underwriting.
Debt instrument securities can be categorized into two following types:
Value of cash instruments are determined directly by markets. They can be further divided into readily transferable securities. Loans, deposits, bonds, etc, are examples of cash instruments
Derivative instruments derive value from variables, these derivate instruments may be exchange traded derivatives and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.
Different debt instrument securities can be dematerialized in ‘demat’ accounts where equities and shares can also be dematerialized. Many investors have benefited with investments in the debt instrument securities market and have attained overwhelming success. Demand for debt instrument securities is growing daily. In different nations, debt instrument securities are monitored and controlled by governmental policies. It is best to have a clear overview about the associated rules, while purchasing debt securities.
Last Updated on : 26th June 2013