Bonds are classified based on the likelihood that the issuing entity will be able to repay the loan at maturity – also known as default risk. In general, the higher the bond rating (and thus the lower the risk for default), the lower the interest rate.
Investment grade bonds are rated from highest (AAA, Aa) to lowest (A, Baa). High-yield bonds are riskier because they are issued by smaller or less stable companies. These are often referred to as junk bonds.
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