Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms

TRUE INTEREST COST (TIC)

Under this method of computing the interest expense to the issuer of bonds, true interest cost is defined as the rate necessary to discount the amounts payable on the respective principal and interest payment dates to the purchase price received for the new issue of bonds. Interest is assumed to be compounded semi-annually. TIC computations produce a figure slightly different from the “net interest cost” (NIC) method because TIC considers the time value of money while NIC does not. Also known as “Canadian Interest Cost.” Compare: NET INTEREST COST.

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