Features

  • Lower-Risk Investment

    Hedge your risk with bonds, especially government and investment grade corporate bonds

  • Regular Cash Payouts

    Enjoy regular cash payouts through coupon payments made annually or semi-annually

  • Capital Appreciation

    Bonds present significant opportunities for capital appreciation in addition to regular cash payouts.

  • Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversify your portfolio and balance out higher-risk asset classes by including investing in bonds.

Details

What are Bonds?

A bond is a debt security where the bond issuer issues the bond for purchase by the bondholder. It is also known as a fixed income security, as a bond usually gives the investor a regular or fixed return.

Why invest in Bonds?

When equity markets are going through a bull run, investors are excited and many make the mistake of neglecting to balance their portfolios with more neutral investment choices like bonds. It is only in the face of a bear market that we realise how important the safety and stability of bonds are to an investment portfolio. Some of the benefits of bonds are:

  • Lower-risk investment
    This is especially true for government bonds and investment-grade corporate bonds

  • Regular cash payout
    Through coupon payments made annually or semi-annually

  • Potentially higher interest rates
    Compared to Fixed Deposit rates

  • Capital appreciation opportunity
    In addition to regular cash payouts

  • Investment diversification
    Balance out higher-risk asset classes in portfolio

What are the Risks?

Before you invest, however, you need to understand there are risks involved when it comes to investing into bonds. Here are some of the key risks to consider before you invest:
  • Interest rates risk: Bonds usually pay a fixed coupon. This means that a rise in interest rates generally result in bond prices falling conversely, when rates decline, bond prices rise.
  • Credit risk or default risk: This is the risk that a bond issuer will be unable to make interest or principal payments when they are due.
  • Currency risk (for investment in foreign currency bonds): Foreign currency investments are subject to exchange rate fluctuations which may affect, unfavourably or favourably, the effective return on the bond.
  • Liquidity risk: Investors may have difficulty finding a buyer when they want to sell and may be forced to sell at a significant discount to market value. Also, most bonds are subject to a minimum transaction threshold. If your investment is less than that threshold, you will not be able to sell until and unless there are enough other investors who also want to sell.

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