The Comprehensive Guide to

Passive Income Investing

SIGN UP FOR PAUL’S NEWSLETTER

Learn the secrets of how Paul Tracy generates over $XXX,XXX per month in passive income!

How to Become Financially Independent Through Passive Income Investing

What is an Early Call?

An early call refers to the accelerated repayment of bond principal, normally on an asset-backed security (ABS).

How Does an Early Call Work?

An early call is also known as early amortization or a 'payout event.'

An early call usually takes place when the number of delinquencies on the loans underlying an ABS suddenly increases. Also, it can happen when the issuer's net profit after servicing fees, charge-offs, and other costs drops below a certain level or when the sponsor or the servicer declares bankruptcy.

When an early call occurs, all principal and interest payments are made to investors regardless of the stated schedule for the return of the principal. Once an early call happens, it cannot be undone or reversed.

Why Does an Early Call Matter?

Early calls are a way for investors to lessen the effects of declining credit performance or a liquidity crisis. Most rating agencies requier asset-backed securities to disclose early call provisions when they rate the debt. Though this lowers the risks associated with asset-backed securities, early calls contain risks. An investor may not earn all the interest promised over the life of the security if an early call happens.

Ask an Expert about Early Call

All of our content is verified for accuracy by Paul Tracy and our team of certified financial experts. We pride ourselves on quality, research, and transparency, and we value your feedback. Below you'll find answers to some of the most common reader questions about Early Call.

Be the first to ask a question

If you have a question about Early Call, then please ask Paul.

Ask a question
Paul Tracy
Paul Tracy

Paul has been a respected figure in the financial markets for more than two decades. Prior to starting InvestingAnswers, Paul founded and managed one of the most influential investment research firms in America, with more than 3 million monthly readers.