Issuer

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This is a general name given to an organization or company that "issues" a financial security such as bonds or stock. If a company, ABC, Inc., sells some bonds, you could say that ABC, Inc., is the issuer of those bonds. Note that "issuer" is not the same as "seller." Investors buy and sell bonds and stocks all day, but that doesn't make them issuers. The word "issuer" refers to the original sellers of that security. Issuer is also the name given to a credit card company that issues credit cards or charge cards.