What are hybrid securities? All you must know

January 31, 2023 12:55 AM EST | By Team Kalkine Media
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  • Hybrid securities can come in all shapes and sizes.
  • They are created to combine the best features of stocks and bonds for investors
  •  They can be used by many investors, depending on their risk profile.

Hybrid securities use more than one type of investment and are typically a hybrid between stocks and bonds. While there are many types of hybrid securities, their basic purpose is the same. That is, they are created to combine the best features of stocks and bonds for investors, depending on their risk profile, financial goals and time horizon for investing. 

Depending on the type of hybrid security you invest in, different factors may play a role in your decision, such as tax implications or liquidity. Let’s explore some common types of hybrid securities:

Common Types of Hybrid Securities

There are many types of hybrid securities, but we’ve listed some of the more common types below:

Investment Trusts (Managed Funds):

These funds maintain a portfolio of assets like stocks, bonds, and real estate. They are managed by a professional investment manager, who typically charges a management fee.

Trust-Owned Enterprises (TOTE):

These are companies that own assets but are owned by shareholders.

Asset-Backed Securities (ABS):

These are securities backed by assets such as loans or credit card receivables. They are commonly used as collateral for loans.

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs):

These publicly traded units track an index like the S&P 500 or MSCI World. They can be bought and sold like stocks on a stock exchange.

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Closed-End Funds (CEF):

These are closed-end funds, which means that investors purchase a fixed number of shares with a set price. Unlike open-end funds, which trade like stocks on an exchange, there is no public float, so investors can’t easily get out at any time.

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV):

A special purpose vehicle, or SPV, is an entity created solely for investing in special purpose vehicles or as a vehicle itself. A special purpose vehicle is typically a type of hybrid security that incorporates both equity and debt financing. Unlike equity-based financing techniques, which often result in high-interest rates, hybrid securities use a combination of debt and equity to lower interest rates.


Hybrid securities can come in all shapes and sizes, like investment trusts, trust-owned enterprises and asset-backed securities. They can be used by many investors, depending on their risk profile, financial goals and time horizon for investing. Also, they might be useful for long-term investment.

These types of securities can be explore by those who want to diversify their portfolio but don’t have the time or expertise to manage larger assets. Hybrid securities can also be helpful for tax purposes, since some of these securities may qualify for a tax benefit.

Please note, the above content constitutes a very preliminary observation based on the industry and is of limited scope without any in-depth fundamental valuation or technical analysis. Any interest in stocks or sectors should be thoroughly evaluated taking into consideration the associated risks.


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