Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms


(1) A provision in a bond contract under which the investor has the right, on specified dates after required notification, to surrender the securities to the issuer (or someone acting on the issuer’s behalf, such as a tender agent) at the predetermined price (usually par). This is sometimes referred to as an “optional tender” or “put option.” See: TENDER; TENDER AGENT. Compare: MANDATORY TENDER.

(2) An instrument issued by a financial institution that permits the purchaser to sell, after giving required notice, a specified amount of securities from a specified issue to the financial institution on a predetermined future date or dates (the “expiration date(s)”) at a predetermined price (the “strike price”). Tender options are generally backed by a bank letter of credit or line of credit. The tender option is often originally sold as an attachment to the security. In many cases, however, the tender option may be sold separately from that security (a “detachable call”) or sold attached to other securities from the same issue. See: DETACHABLE CALL.

(3) An agreement made by the parties to a particular transaction under which the purchaser has the right to surrender the securities to the seller at a specified price on a specified future date or dates. This arrangement is distinguished from (2) above in that this tender option right is not transferable and is rarely reflected in a separate instrument, but rather is typically described only on, or as an attachment to, the transaction confirmation.

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