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What is commercial paper?

Commercial paper is basically a short-term unsecured note issued by companies with a promise to pay back the note at a specific point in time. Commercial paper is rarely issued for longer than 270 days. Commercial paper can be risky from the investors perspective because there is typically no collateral that backs commercial paper.


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