Comparison between Coupon and Registered Bonds
Some bonds are bearer or coupon bonds. This means that the bonds are not registered in the name of individual holders, but are negotiable by whoever holds them. In order to receive their interest payments, the current holders simply clip off a coupon and redeem it at an authorized bank. Because coupon bonds do not offer much safety to the holder, most currently issued bonds are registered. This means that the bonds are registered in the name of the holder and that all interest payments are made by the issuing company directly to the current bondholder.