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Finance Glossary

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Face Value


What's your face worth?

Guess it depends on your face.

Face value also refers to the numbers on the front of a bond, other debt-like certificate, or stock. It's also known as par value. As the actual value of the bond or stock goes up and down, you can compare it to the face value for kicks (and to figure out how the investment's doing).