Self-directed investing, where investors create and manage their own portfolios via an online platform, continues to grow as individuals are able to better control their investments and save on costly advisory fees
Corporate Bonds 2019
The 2019 boom in corporate bond issuance has been driven by both historically low funding costs and a move away from the traditional sources for funds, but will it last? Our Corporate Bonds special report, published in The Sunday Times, explores how corporate bonds are transforming the market from originally being seen as complex financial instruments to Netflix using bonds as a way to produce films and box sets. It explores the host of reasons why companies issue bonds, from overseas expansion to M&A. This report looks at what it will take for corporate bonds to become more commonplace among retail investors and if the coco bond ban should be lifted. Finally, the featured infographic analyses risk versus return when investing in corporate bonds in comparison to other mainstream assets.
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The corporate bond market is the only major asset class that has been shut off from everyday investors, and dominated by institutions and the super-wealthy. Minimum purchase sizes of £100,000 or more and a pay-to-play institutional bias are at the root of the problem. However, one fintech is leading the digitalisation of the market, enabling everyone to access the superior returns on offer from this exclusive asset class.
Against a backdrop of widespread macroeconomic uncertainty and volatility, cutting edge investment strategies and technological innovations provide hope for investors. These new routes to growth will be showcased at a major event in London in March