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CorporateNotes ProgramSM

This program allows you to buy new issue corporate bonds directly from the issuer in $1,000 increments. Because they have yet to accrue any interest, you pay par. Most bonds in this program are fixed-rate securities—although some have step-up rates—and are unsecured senior or subordinated issues.

Reasons to consider CorporateNotes ProgramSM

  • Offered at par value
  • Survivor's option
  • Call protection options

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Take advantage of opportunities to purchase corporate notes and other new issue fixed income taxable securities.

What are the benefits?

Offered at par value Once the issuers post a notice of availability, issues are typically available for one week. During this period coupons or prices generally do not change. However, the issuers may change or cancel offerings without notice.
Survivor’s option To help mitigate market risk during estate planning, a survivor’s option is available with many issues. In the event of the death of the holder, the survivor’s option may allow the holder’s estate to return bonds to the issuer at par.
Call protection options Corporate notes are offered in both non-callable (call protected) and callable (not call protected) form. Bonds that are not call protected typically offer the benefit of higher yields in the immediate term but there is the risk that the issuer will call or redeem the bonds if the market interest rates fall. Under those circumstances, investment alternatives will yield less than at the time of the original investment. Conversely, notes that are call protected may offer relatively lower rates in comparison with callable issues. Under the falling rate scenario, call protected issues cannot be redeemed before the stated maturity date and thereby shield the investor from interest rate risk, assuming the bonds are held until maturity.
Payment flexibility Each week’s posting usually contains monthly, quarterly, and semiannual payment frequencies, allowing you to tailor your portfolio around your cash-flow needs.

What are the risks?

Interest rate risk Prices are vulnerable to changes in interest rates; if rates rise, the market price of issued corporate notes will generally decline.
Credit and default risk Investors should consider the possibility or risk that an issuer may default on interest or principal payments.
Redemption risk The issuer retains the right to limit the aggregate amount of notes that may be put back in any given year under the provisions of the survivor’s option. In the case of default, rights to put notes back to the issuer under the survivor’s option cease to exist. Additional limitations and restrictions may apply. Read each prospectus for details.
Call risk Issuers can redeem callable bonds prior to maturity. This typically occurs when interest rates decline and the issuer has incentive to refinance their debt at lower prevailing levels of interest rates. When a bond is called, investors typically find that the reinvestment choices the market presents have lower yields for commensurate levels of risk. Investors should read a bond’s prospectus to understand a bond’s call risk.
Liquidity risk A limited secondary market may exist for certain securities in the event you wish to liquidate prior to maturity. In these cases, investments could be subject to a gain or loss of principal.

Next steps

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survivor's option

a feature of certain debt instruments that allow for the estate of a deceased investor to "put back" or redeem that instrument without penalty; the benefit of the survivor's option cannot be realized unless the original investor in the asset has died; also known as a "death put"

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call protection

provision of a bond that makes it non‐callable or not subject to a scheduled call, even though other early redemption provisions may exist as specified in the prospectus or official statement

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coupon

the interest rate a bond's issuer promises to pay to the bondholder until maturity, or other redemption event; generally expressed as an annual percentage of the bond's face value

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interest rate

the annual rate, expressed as a percentage of principal, payable for use of borrowed money

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yield

the percentage of return an investor receives based on the amount invested or on the current market value of holdings; it is expressed as an annual percentage rate; yield stated is the yield to worst — the yield if the worst possible bond repayment takes place, reflecting the lower of the yield to maturity or the yield to call based on the previous close

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interest

the amount paid by a borrower to a creditor, or bondholder, as compensation for the use of borrowed money

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default

occurs when a bond issuer fails to make either an interest payment or principal repayment on its bonds as they come due, or fails to meet some other provision of the bond indenture

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