How To Issue A Corporate Bond

Do you want to learn how to issue a corporate bond? Companies issue corporate bonds as an alternative to taking out a conventional loan but not all companies know how to issue a corporate bond.  Corporate bonds are issued as a way to allow a company to generate their own financing and allow them to stay away from creating any additional debt they may have trouble dealing with later on.  Corporate bonds also allow a company to continue doing business and not have to worry about a halt in business. 

  1. Determine if issuing corporate bonds makes sense.  Depending on the amount of money that is needed to be generated, it might not make sense to issue corporate bonds.  Corporate bonds earn the bondholder a higher rate of return than CDs and money market accounts because there is a higher degree of risk involved.  This rate of return is predetermined before the bond is issued and when the maturity date is reached on these corporate bonds, the amount is paid back with the earned interest.  The company needs to determine if they will be able to pay back these bonds and still be able to continue doing business.  If the company does not feel they can successfully repay these corporate bonds, they should proceed.  If not, they should look into conventional loans.
  2. Determine how much money is needed.  The amount that is needed will determine how many corporate bonds will be issued and in what amount they will be issued.  It is crucial that the company does not over issue bonds because they will have to pay back all of those bonds with the predetermined high interest rate. 
  3. Decide where to list the corporate bonds for sale.  There are many outlets where corporate bond can be listed.  Most corporate bonds are listed publicly on the New York Stock Exchange or other exchanges.  After the bonds are listed, a person looking to buy these bonds can go to any stock broker and purchase these bonds. 

Corporate bonds are a higher risk investment for both the company and the consumer.  A company is risking that they will pay back the bond with interest and the consumer is risking that the company will do well enough to pay back the bond.  If the company does well, both the company and the consumer will make money and will continue to do business into the future.

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