What is a Debentures?

Welcome to the Investors Trading Academy talking glossary of financial terms and events.
Our word of the day is “Debentures”.

A debenture is a promissory note or a corporate bond which is backed generally only by the reputation and integrity of the borrower and by the borrower's specific assets. When unsecured, it is called a bare debenture or naked debenture; when secured by a charge on a specific property, it is called a mortgage debenture.
A type of debt instrument that is not secured by physical assets or collateral. Debentures are backed only by the general creditworthiness and reputation of the issuer. Both corporations and governments frequently issue this type of bond in order to secure capital. Like other types of bonds, debentures are documented in an indenture.
Debentures have no collateral. Bond buyers generally purchase debentures based on the belief that the bond issuer is unlikely to default on the repayment. An example of a government debenture would be any government-issued Treasury bond or Treasury bill. T-bonds and T-bills are generally considered risk free because governments, at worst, can print off more money or raise taxes to pay these types of debts.

By Barry Norman, Investors Trading Academy