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permanent interest bearing share


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(PIBS)

A non-redeemable security, usually issued by a building society, that pays interest at a rate fixed at issue. This is often 10–13.5%, giving investors a high yield for perpetuity. However, these shares carry the risks associated with fixed-interest securities, being the last to be paid out should an issuing building society go into liquidation. Moreover, the second-hand market for PIBS is small (approximately £800 million), making it difficult to find a buyer at any particular price.

Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services.


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