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Finance Glossary

Just call us Bond. Amortized bond.

Over 700 finance terms, Shmooped to perfection.

Investment Grade


This is really a grade, more or less. The USDA grades beef. Why shouldn't a bond rating agency grade bonds? Using the S&P system, all ratings at BBB and up are considered investment grade. For more information, see www.moodys.com.