Finance / July 19, 2018 / Hana Cannon
Oftentimes, a personal loan is an unsecured loan. That is, the loan is made purely on the basis of the borrower's trustworthiness, and not secured by some form of collateral. Car loans are different in that they are almost always secured loans, whose collateral is the vehicle itself. And that means that if the borrower fails to make his or her payments, the vehicle will be repossessed and sold to pay off the loan debt.
A bond is a loan that an investor makes to a corporation, government, federal agency or other organization. Consequently, bonds are sometimes referred to as debt securities. Since bond issuers know you aren't going to lend your hard-earned money without compensation, the issuer of the bond (the borrower) enters into a legal agreement to pay you (the bondholder) interest. The bond issuer also agrees to repay you the original sum loaned at the bond's maturity date, though certain conditions, such as a bond being called, may cause repayment to be made earlier.
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