TeachMeFinance.com - explain debenture
Debenture -- Debt instrument evidencing the holder's right to receive interest and principal installments from the named obligor. Applies to all forms of unsecured, long-term debt evidenced by a certificate of debt.
debenture -- an unsecured debt instrument or bond backed only by the general credit standing and earning capacity of the issuer. Debentures are used to obtain capital funds.
Debenture -- A certificate of debt issued by a corporation.
Unless secured by a mortgage it is simply a promise to pay,
or in other words, a promissory note. It differs from an income
bond only in that it contains a promise to pay a certain
amount of interest at stated periods.
In Great Britain a debenture bond or stock is generally
thought to be secured by mortgage on real property ; but this
is not necessarily the case. -The word merely means a debt
or promise to pay. By universal custom, however, the debenture bonds or stocks of British companies rank before the preference
and ordinary capital ; and as a rule they are secured
by a charge on the companies' real property.
In Great Britain the chief difference between a debenture
bond and a debenture stock is that a bond is for a fixed amount,
while a stock is divisible and may be transferred in multiples
of 1 pound or sometimes even in smaller amounts. Another important
difference lies in the fact that a bond is generally a
negotiable instrument, transferable by delivery, and is the
property of the bearer, with interest coupons attached, while
stock is registered in the name of the holder and is transferred
by deed, the interest being forwarded to holders by the company.
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