The CUSIP number consists of a combination of nine characters, both letters and numbers, which act as asort of DNA for the security - uniquely identifying the company or issuer and the type of security. The firstsix characters identify the issuer and are assigned in an alphabetical fashion; the seventh and eighthcharacters (which can be alphabetical or numerical) identify the type of issue; and the last digit is used as acheck digit.
3) Par Value
Par value, in finance and accounting, means stated value or face value. In the U.S. bond markets, a bond isworth its par value when the price is equal to the face value. A Treasury note is denominated in units of $1,000. The par values for different fixed-income products will vary. Bonds generally have a par value of $1,000, while most money market instruments have higher par values. A par value of 100.00 for a note or bond means only that the note or bond is selling for the face value paidupon maturity of the note or bond. It can (and does) have different absolute values per Note or Bonddepending on the conventions of the particular market and country in which such par value is quoted
4) Annual Interest Rate or Coupon
A coupon is the stated interest rate for a bond. Most bonds have a fixed coupon that does not change duringthe life of the bond. Most bonds have two coupon payments per year. For example, a bond with a 5.0%coupon pays $25 twice per year, for total interest of $50, which is 5.0% of the face value of the bond (almostall bonds have a face value of $1,000).
5) Maturity Date
The maturity date of a bond is the date on which the bond will be repaid. Note that many bonds havefeatures such as puts and calls that can cause the principal to be repaid on an earlier date.
6) First Coupon Date
Bonds typically pay interest twice per year on coupon payment dates. The first coupon date is the date onwhich the very first interest payment is made for a bond. It is relevant because bonds often have a longer orshorter than normal first payment period. When the first coupon payment has been made, the bond willlikely pay every 6 months thereafter.
7) Coupon Payment Frequency
The pay frequency refers to the frequency that the bond pays interest. The most common pay frequency issemi-annually (twice per year), but bonds can also pay interest monthly, quarterly, annually, or at maturity.
8) Trustee & Paying Agent
An agent who makes dividend payments to stockholders or principal and interest payments to bondholderson behalf of the issuer of those stocks or bonds. Also known as a "disbursing agent." A bank is usually thepaying agent designated to make dividend, coupon, and principal payments to the security holder on behalf of the issuer.