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Security descriptions

ASX uses standardised security naming conventions and descriptions for debt and hybrid securities that allow you to group securities with similar attributes and features   

What are the descriptions?

Each debt and hybrid security has a unique code and three different security descriptions:

  • Long form description - a maximum of 50 characters;
  • Abbreviated description - a maximum of 20 characters; and
  • Short description - a maximum of 9 characters.

You will find one or more of these descriptions on your CHESS Statement, trading screen, broker advice, financial newspaper report such as in the Australian Financial Review and other places where ASX debt and hybrid securities are referred to.

What do the descriptions mean?

To understand what each description or letter means, use the Guide to the naming conventions and security descriptions for ASX quoted debt and hybrid securities. The Guide also contains a useful glossary of terms.

Description example - ANZPE

The security description provides the basic information about a security's features.  For example, ANZPE has the following 'Long form description':


Using the Guide, you can determine what the security description means.

Note: Due to character constraints, some features may not be able to be included in a security's description.  For example, Capital Notes (such as ANZPE above) which by their nature are subordinated securities, do not include the description 'SUB'.

Always review the issuer's prospectus, PDS or term sheet and consult your adviser to ensure you are familiar with all of a security's features.

CAP NOTEA Capital Note, meaning that the issuer (or a third party such as a prudential regulator like APRA) has a right to extinguish the security under certain circumstances.
6-BBSW+3.25%The security pays a semi-annual floating distribution based on the 6 month BBSW rate +3.25%.
PERPThe security has no maturity date (e.g. it is perpetual).
NON-CUMThe distributions are non-cumulative.
REDThe security is redeemable.
T-03-24The security has a trigger date for possible conversion in March 2024.

Security descriptions

Below are reports showing the descriptors for each security category.