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How Bonds are Quoted

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Bonds are typically issued in $1,000 base units – that $1,000 is their par or face value. But they are quoted in units of 100. That is, a bond unit selling for $1,025.00 would be quoted as 102.5 or one oh two and a half. And to get really technical, bonds are usually quotes as a spread – that is, 102.5 x 103 – which means that if you are a buyer of the bond you pay 103 cents on the dollar; if you are a seller of the bond, you’d get 102.5 cents on the dollar. The spread is: $...

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