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Understanding How At Par Works, With Examples

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What is at Par?

The phrase “at par” refers to something’s actual value. There are three possible prices at which a bond, preferred stock, or other type of financial instrument might trade: at par, below par, or above par.

In contrast to market value, which can shift based on factors such as credit ratings, remaining time to maturity, and changes in interest rates, par value is a fixed amount. When the security is issued, the par value is determined and allocated. Because the par value was printed on the front of paper securities when they were first published, the phrase “face value” came to be used to refer to this amount.

The same level of comprehension

Bonds and other financial instruments nearly never trade strictly at par because interest rates fluctuate, causing widespread market disruptions. If current interest rates are higher or lower than the bond’s coupon rate, which is the interest rate that it yields, the bond’s market price will not be equal to its face value.

A bond that was trading at its face value, also known as “par,” would be quoted as 100, which indicates that it sold at the total face value. If the price were quoted as 99, it would suggest that it was being sold for 99% of its face value.

There is still a use for the antiquated concept of par value for common stock. The corporation commits to its charter to avoid selling its shares at prices lower than their par value. Then, the stakes are distributed with a nominal value of one penny each. This has no bearing whatsoever on the actual value of the stock on the market.

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When a corporation issues a new bond, it is considered to have been given at Par if the firm gets the face value of the security in exchange for providing the bond. It is said to have been given at a discount if the issuer received a price for the security lower than its face value. A deposit is said to be presented at a premium when the issuer gets compensated more than the security’s nominal value in exchange for it.

When it comes to fresh issuance of bonds and preferred stocks, the yield on the bonds and the dividend rate on the preferred stocks both have a significant impact on whether the securities are issued at Par, at a discount, or a premium.

A bond that is trading at its face value will have a yield that is equivalent to its coupon. When investing, investors anticipate receiving a return equal to the coupon rate as compensation for the risk of lending money to the bond issuer.

An illustration of Par

Investors will pay less than face value for a bond to compensate for the difference in interest rates if a corporation releases a bond with a coupon of 5%. Still, the current yields for bonds with identical characteristics are 10%. For the bond to sell, both its value when it matures and its work up to that point needs to be at least 10% over the minimum required.

An investor could be ready to pay more than face value for a bond with a yield of 5% if the average product in the market is just 3%. The investor will be given the coupon, but because rates are now lower, they must pay a higher price.

What does the face value of a bond represent?

The initial purchase price of a bond is referred to as its face value, also known as the bond’s par value. Most bonds are issued with a $1,000 or $100 par value. The price of the bond is going to shift over time as a result of shifts in factors such as interest rates, credit ratings, and the amount of time remaining until it matures. When anything like this occurs, the price of a bond will either be higher than its par value (referred to as being “above par”) or lower than its par value (referred to as being “below par”).

Is it always the case that bonds are issued at their par value?

No, the face value of a bond is not always what it is issued at. Either at a premium (meaning the price is greater than the par value) or at a discount (meaning the price is lower than the par value), they can be issued. The reason why a bond may be issued at a price that is not the same as its par value is because of the interest rates that are currently available on the market. For instance, if the yield on a bond is higher than the rates that are currently available on the market, then that bond will trade at a premium. On the other hand, if the yield on a bond is lower than the market rate, the bond will sell at a discount to make it more appealing.

What does the coupon rate mean for a bond?

At the time of a bond’s issuance, the interest that it is contractually obligated to pay to an investor is referred to as the “coupon rate.” The yield of a bond is not the same as the coupon rate of a bond. When the price of a bond fluctuates, the work of the bond reflects the change in its effective rate of return. The yield on a bond is determined by dividing the bond’s coupon rate by its current price.


  • Face value and par value are both terms that refer to the same thing: the price at which a bond was issued.
  • The bond price will then fluctuate based on the prevalent interest rates, time left till maturity, and credit ratings, which will cause the bond to trade either at par or below par, depending on where it is currently priced.
  • When discussing bonds, the phrase “at par” will invariably refer to the initial price at which the bond was issued.
  • At the time of the bond’s maturity, the owner will be entitled to collect the par value of the bond.

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