Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms


A method of computing the interest expense to the issuer of bonds, which may serve as the basis of award in a competitive sale of a new issue of municipal securities. NIC takes into account any premium or discount applicable to the issue, as well as the dollar amount of coupon interest payable over the life of the issue. NIC does not take into account the time value of money (as would be done in other calculation methods, such as the “true interest cost” (TIC) method). The term “net interest cost” refers to the overall rate of interest to be paid by the issuer over the life of the bonds. Compare: TRUE INTEREST COST.

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