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Finance Glossary

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Callable

Definition:

For bonds, callable means that a bond can be called early and for less.

You might buy a bond that promises to pay 9% for 30 years, but the fine print makes the bond callable in 3 years at 102 cents on the dollar. This means the company could pay you off sooner and for less than you'd thought. This protects the company issuing the bonds in case interest rates drop a lot.