A type of bond issued by the U.S. government and backed by its full faith and credit. The types of U.S. Government bonds are as follows: Series EE (Saving Bond), Series HH (Saving Bond), Treasury Bills ( maturates of one year or less), Treasury Notes (maturates one to ten years), and Treasury Bonds (maturates ten years or longer). A category of mutual fund investment which invests primarily (or exclusively) in bonds issued by the U.S. government.
Securities issued by a country's central government, e.g., U.S. Treasury. Gilts" refer to British Treasuries, "JGBs" are Japanese Government Bonds, "Bunds" refer to German Treasuries and "OATs," "BTFs" and "BTANs" are issued by the French government.
Treasury securities that are direct obligations of the U.S. government and agency securities that are obligations of credit agencies sponsored by the U.S. government, such as the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA). (See Treasury Bill, Treasury Bond, Treasury Note, Agency Security, Zero Coupon Security.) nterest Rate: Compensation paid or to be paid for the use of money, generally expressed as an annual percentage rate. The rate may be constant over the life of the bond (fixed-rate) or may change from time to time by reference to an index (floating-rate). (Bond Market Association)
Mutual fund investing primarily in debt obligations (i.e. bonds) of the U.S. government. Government bond funds can be short-term, intermediate-term or long-term, reflecting the average maturity of the bonds held in the portfolio.