What Is A Junior Tranche?

Patrick Curtis

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Expertise: Investment Banking | Private Equity

A junior tranche is the lowest tranche of a security, i.e. the one deemed most risky. Any losses on the value of the security are absorbed by the junior tranche before any other tranche, but for accepting this risk the junior tranche pays the highest rate of interest.

Junior tranches are often known as mezzanine tranches. Of the total value of a security the junior tranche rarely accounts for more than 10-20%.

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Patrick Curtis

Patrick Curtis is a member of WSO Editorial Board which helps ensure the accuracy of content across top articles on Wall Street Oasis. He has experience in investment banking at Rothschild and private equity at Tailwind Capital along with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is also the founder and current CEO of Wall Street Oasis. This content was originally created by member WallStreetOasis.com and has evolved with the help of our mentors.