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From mini- +‎ bond. The sense "credit-linked note" derives from the brand name Minibond, under which these were marketed by Lehman Brothers prior to the fall of 2008.


minibond (plural minibonds)

  1. (finance, chiefly East Asia) A credit-linked note
    • 2008 December 5, HKAB stops minibond buybacks, “Hong Kong Standard”:
      The Hong Kong Association of Banks confirmed that the association has stopped buying back Lehman Brothers' minibonds as the legal risk keeps increasing.
  2. A relatively small bond issue
    • 2000 July 7, Barry M. Siegel, “New School Board Members Upbeat”:
      Failing that, consideration would have to be given this fall to a minibond to address short term needs.