The maturity date is the date that a debt instrument—such as a note, draft, or acceptance bond—becomes due. The maturity date can be found quoted on the certificate received with the debt instrument. These dates can vary depending on the instrument and contract received. Maturity date may also refer to the expiration date for futures and options contracts or the date an instalment loan must be fully paid back.
What happens when an investment matures?
When an investment reaches its maturity date, the full amount received by the debtor is repaid to the investor. It also marks the end of interest payments received. Maturity dates should not be confused with expiration dates. While the former concludes an investment, an expiration date represents the last date a contract, like an options contract, can be exercised before it expires worthless.