Bonds vs. stocks | Stocks and bonds | Finance & Capital Markets | Khan Academy

So we now know that there are
two ways that a company can raise capital. It can do it by borrowing
money, which is debt. Or by selling shares of
itself, or essentially allowing other people to become
partial owners of it, and that is equity. And these directly translate
into securities, that you’re probably familiar with, but
maybe you didn’t have a more exact idea of what they are. You know what equity securities
are, and just so you know, what is a security? A security is essentially
something that can be bought and sold that has some type of
claim on something, or some type of economic value. So a security in the equity
world is a stock. And a security in the debt
world is a bond. Let me explain it. So let me just draw the
balance sheet for the fictional company. It was pointed out to me that actually is not a fictional company. That someone is indeed
selling socks online. Which, by the way, I think
is a great idea. So let’s see, I have my
assets right here. These are the assets
of the company. But that’s not what we’re
worried about right now. And let me draw the equity
of the company. This is maybe shares
that they sold. So let’s say that they
have– that there are 10 million shares. And then we have the debt, the
debt of the company, or the liabilities. There are other liabilities
other than debt, per se, but that’s all we’ll worry
about right now. This is the debt. I’ll do it in brown. We have the debt. And maybe the assets– let me
just think of a good round number– the assets are
$10 million in assets. And let’s say our debt
is $6 million. And then what’s left over for
the equity– and the way you have to view it is OK, if I
have $10 million and I owe people $6 million, what’s left
for the owners of the company? Well, the owners of
the company will have $4 million left. And it will be split amongst
the owners of the company. And there’s 10 million
individual shares. So every person who has one of
those stock certificates will own one ten-millionth of this
$4 million, or essentially, $0.40 a share, or something. So anyway, this is– and I think
you’re familiar with this already– this is
essentially stock. When we say 10 million
shares, that’s 10 million shares of stock. I could just draw 10 million
stock certificates. And, I guess, whatever
the ticker symbol is. And there could be 10
million of those. Now debt is interesting. There’s a lot of ways you can
raise debt, and actually there’s a lot of ways you
could raise equity, it actually doesn’t have
to be with selling. Well, for the most part
you are selling stock. You could maybe think of some
other way, and we’ll talk about other forms of
equity, preferred stock and all of that. But in the simplest level,
you’re really always selling stock. Debt’s a little different. Debt could be just in the
form of a bank loan. So this could be a bank loan,
where you literally go to the bank and say hey, I need $6
million, and they say OK, here you go, and we’ll give it to you
for this interest. And you have to pay back the money,
above and beyond the interest, over this time schedule. So it’s not too different
than maybe a mortgage. Or they might say OK, you pay
the interest for five years, and at the end of the five years
you also have to pay the principal amount. So you have to pay the
whole $6 million. Or you maybe have to come
up with a new loan or something like that. So that would just
be a bank loan. There’s other things that are
revolving lines of credit, which is kind of like a
company’s credit card to some degree, that it doesn’t
have to use it. But if it does, that’s kind of
debt the company takes on. But kind of the one that people
always talk about, I guess in the same phrase,
is bonds. So bonds are– essentially you
are borrowing from the public markets again. You are borrowing from
a bunch of people. So what you do is you have,
let’s say, the $6 million. And it could be divided into–
you could divide this into 6,000 bond certificates. So this could be 6,000 bond
certificates– let me see, and six million divided by 6,000,
that’s a thousand, right? So it’s going to be 6,000
times $1,000 bond certificates. And let’s visualize what a bond certificate could look like. So that could be a
bond certificate. And its face value, and
sometimes they’ll call it the par value, or the
stated value. It’ll say– let’s call it
bond from Company XYZ. And it’s face value is $1,000. So it’s essentially– this is
an IOU from Company XYZ. If I were to hold one of these,
if I had one of these sitting on my desk right now,
that tells me that Company XYZ is going to pay me $1,000
at some future date. And that future date
is at maturity. So it’s going to pay
$1,000 at maturity. And you say oh, well, Sal,
that’s all good, but what about the interest in between? And there’s two ways to
think about this. Maybe they’re going to pay me
$1000 in the future, but I only had to give them
$500, right? So, if you think about it,
there’s automatically interest accruing in that. If I gave them $500 and then
five years later they pay me $1000, they are essentially
paying interest, right? They’re paying me more back
than I gave to them. And in future videos we’ll
actually do the math of how to figure out that type
of interest. In that situation, where they’re
not kind of paying me interest as they go, this would
be viewed as a zero coupon bond. And I know I’m throwing out a
lot of terminology, but it’ll all make sense to you
to in a second. So zero coupon essentially
means they’re not paying interest until they pay
off the whole loan. And then they might kind of–
the interest will be implicit in the whole value amount. And I kind of jumped the
gun a little bit. But coupon is essentially a
regular payment on the bond that the company makes, in this
case XYZ will make, that is essentially– you can almost
view it as a kind of interest. But if you really had to figure
out the interest that you’re getting on the bond,
you’d actually have to figure– and I’ll do maybe
a whole playlist on bond mathematics– you would have to
figure out– It’s based on the coupon, what you gave them,
and then what they’re going to pay you, and when
they’re going to do it. So it’s a little bit more
complicated than just saying, oh, look at that, they’re giving
a 6% coupon, which essentially means twice a year
they’re going to give me 3% of the value of my bond. So just as the big
picture, both of these things are traded. This is a stock, it’s
traded on exchange. You’re probably familiar that. If you go to Yahoo! Finance, you type in the ticker
symbol and you get the price for that day. Bonds are also traded. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy
to get a quote on a bond. Usually you have to
have a Bloomberg terminal of some type. You can’t get it on Yahoo! Finance, and I think that’s
by design, by bond traders because they probably don’t like
the transparency there. But it is just like a stock. It is a security. It is traded. There is a price. But then there’s a very
fundamental difference in what the holder of the
bond is doing. In a bond, you essentially– if
I’m holding a $1,000 bond, that means that I’ve
lent some amount of money to the company. And it’ll be in this
part of it. And as long as a company doesn’t
go bankrupt, they’ll pay me some interest and
pay me my money back. When I own a stock in the
company, I own a share of the equity, as opposed to a share of
the debt, which is the case with the bond. When I own a share of the
equity, the company’s not promising to pay
back anything. It’s just saying look, you are
a part owner of this company, and anything that any of the
owners get, you’ll get. So if this company becomes
worth a lot. If we start dividending out
things to the shareholders, then you’ll get that. If the company gets sold by
someone and pays x dollars per share for it, you’ll
get that money. And if the company
goes bankrupt, you’ll also go bankrupt. So that actually leads to an
interesting question, if the company goes bankrupt–
actually, let’s do the example right now. Let’s say the company
goes bankrupt. And I’ll do a more in-depth
example of this. The question is, let’s say the
company goes bankrupt. And people decide that it’s not
operational anymore, that it just can’t do business. Because there’s actually two
types of bankruptcy. There’s one where you say, oh,
the business is good, and just can’t pay off it’s debts. So we have to somehow
restructure this side of it. And then the other type of
bankruptcy is liquidation, where they say, you know what? This business doesn’t
even make sense to operate any more. Let’s just sell off
all of the assets. So the question that I’ll leave
you with in this video is, what happens in a situation
where you enter bankruptcy? People want to liquidate
the assets. And let’s say when you liquidate
the assets, there’s only $8 million of assets. So, the question is, who do you
think is going to eat that $2 million. Is it going to be the
debtholders, or the stockholders? Who is going to lose their money
first, or you can almost say, who is more senior when it
comes to actually getting their money back? And I’ll leave you with that,
maybe to the next video, or a future video that I’ll
do on bankruptcy. See you in the next video.

98 Replies to “Bonds vs. stocks | Stocks and bonds | Finance & Capital Markets | Khan Academy”

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  4. can assets be mortgaged or do they have to be fully paid for, owned?

    and a bond an asset to the holder but a liability to the seller, producer?

  5. General/Secured creditors will get paid first because they have an obligation to pay off the loans they recieved from the creditors. Stockholders will get paid last.

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  8. i think it's going to be the stock that loses money first, as they own part of the company, so in order words what is yours is mine and what i lose you lose, what i gain you gain… but the bond is more of i gave you this money and you will give it back to me

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  14. Something I don't understand. Say this company is doing really well and making money hand over fist with what ever services it offers. Do the shareholders get that money? or who gets that money? Do the shareholders only benefit from fluctuation in the stock price? 

  15. Bonds get paid first since the company is obliged to pay back what it owes while owning stock is not a promise that you will have returns because you are a part owner so you must be prepared to the fact that you may lose your money.

  16. So a bond is like a COMMERCIAL PAPER that is issued for long term instead of short term, and with provisions like coupon rate?

  17. Nice video, thank you.BTW – yes, Bonds get paid first, but then it is all about risk, bonds usually give you low return while if you own a stock, it could give you more than 100% return..or zero..what's your comfort zone?

  18. Invest in bond when interest rate is low and invest in stock when interest rate is high. This will give you better return.

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  20. senior is debt…u only answered it in the beginning…so first banks/creditors get paid..then if anything left is given to equity holders

  21. Question:if an investor is funding a business and funds up to $4,500,000 and he gets 150,000 in shares and 15% of the business .I have a total of 1,000,000 shares .does this mean I have to come up with $25,500,000 that equates to 850,000 does it work does the investor care ,since I'm the founder

  22. These economic terms confused me so long but not anymore . After watching this video I got it all. Thanks for putting these videos. You're the best.

  23. -Liquidation Priority List –
    In the event a company goes bankrupt, the hierarchy of claims on the company's assets is:
    -Unpaid Wages;
    -IRS (Taxes);
    -Secured Debt (Bonds & Mortgages);
    -Unsecured Liabilities (Debentures) & General Creditors;
    -Subordinated Debt;
    -Preferred Stockholders; and
    -Common Stockholders

  24. Dude, I already know the subject so it was easy for me to follow, but you're gonna need to learn to reign in your thoughts when teaching this. This video is all over the place

  25. So there was a statement that was made that the equity is what is left after all debt has been paid, and the shares of the equity is what people buy to own part of the company, my question is what do the owners of the company own then if they sell shares equivalent to the equity. Hopefully my question is clear

  26. The remaining money will be used to pay back what is owed to bond holders. Do I get a reward? A few McDonald stocks will do 😁🤑

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