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Please remember, investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. The value of international investments may be affected by currency fluctuations which might reduce their value in sterling.

How do bonds and gilts work?

Bonds and gilts are typically low risk fixed income investments which can take pride of place in any portfolio. Corporate bonds are issued by corporations and gilts are bonds issued specifically by the British government to borrow money.

There are different types of gilts but most will typically pay a fixed coupon biannually and mature on a set date in the future.

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You can trade a number of bonds and gilts via your online ii account. For any that aren't available online, you can deal over the phone by calling us on 0345 607 6001.

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Bonds – review Q2 2023

The Bloomberg Global Aggregate Index fell 4.23% as government yields rose over Q2. All major central banks raised rates throughout the quarter with the exception being the Bank of Japan. Notably, the Federal Reserve was the first in the cohort to hit pause to its tightening programme after consecutive rises for a year.

In the UK, Gilts and Index-Linked Gilts fell 5.42% and 6.61% respectively as inflation remained stubbornly high at 8.70% (May 2023) and the latest core inflation rising to 7.10%, from the March rate of 6.20%, with salary increases owing to a stronger-than-expected labour market suggested as a major driver. In response, the Bank of England reaccelerated its rate hikes to 50bps in June, up from 25bps.

The UK 10-year yield increased from 3.49% to 4.49% and the UK two-year yield increased from 3.44% to 5.26% in Q2. In terms of corporates, UK high yield outperformed UK investment grade.

The US 10-year yield increased from 3.47% to 3.81%, with the two-year yield increasing from 4.03% to 4.87%. US corporates outperformed treasuries with high yield outperforming its investment grade counterparts.

3 monthsYTD1 years3 years5 years
Global Aggregate-4.23-4.03-5.74-5.86-0.34
Global Government-4.84-4.61-6.9-7.03-0.99
UK Gilts-5.42-3.49-14.46-11.51-4.17
Global Corporate-2.65-2.09-2.65-4.391.26
Sterling Corporate-3.35-1.06-7.1-6.24-1.45
Euro Corporate-1.91-1.19-0.2-5.21-1.8
Global High Yield-1.16-0.394.780.53
Global Inflation Linked-4.46-2.89-8.11-50.03
UK Inflation Linked-6.89-2.95-17.6-13.19-4.64

Source: Morningstar as of 30 June 2023. Total Returns in GBP. Global Aggregate: Bloomberg Global Aggregate, Global Government: JPM GBI Broad, UK Gilts: FTSE Act UK Conventional Gilts All Stocks. Global Corporate: ICE BofA Global Corporate, Sterling Corporate: ICE BofA Sterling Non-Gilt, Euro Corporate: Markit iBoxx EUR, Global High Yield: ICE BofA Global High Yield, Global Inflation Linked: Bloomberg Global Inflation Linked, UK Inflation Linked: Bloomberg Global Inflation Linked UK.

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What are bonds?

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