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What are Permanent Interest Bearing Shares (PIBS)?

These are a type of instrument issued by UK building societies. Technically they are not bonds and usually carry a degree of subordination (rank below other debt owed by the issuer in the event of default). However, because of their fixed coupons they behave in a manner similar to bonds. Individual issues vary greatly and prospective clients should make sure they read the prospectus from the relevant issuer.

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