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13th Sep

……the Bond that came in from the cold

……the Bond that came in from the cold

Retail Bond Expert’s Mr Bond considers whether there’s a ‘third way’ in the ongoing quest for income

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22nd Sep

‘Buy British and List on the LSE’ - It’s all About the Listing says Mr Bond

‘Buy British and List on the LSE’ - It’s all About the Listing says Mr Bond

As mini-bonds issuer Providence Financial goes bust taking £10m of income seekers hard-earned with it, Retail Bond Expert’s Mr Bond explains the importance of its listing venue when considering a bond as an investment.

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9th Sep

Investors Sweat as Mini-bond Issuer Goes Bust

Investors Sweat as Mini-bond Issuer Goes Bust

‘Too good to be true’ Providence Financial bonds prove to be just that

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25th Aug

Shhocking: 'Are Some Bond Issues Equities Masquerading as Debt?' asks Mr Bond

Shhocking: 'Are Some Bond Issues Equities Masquerading as Debt?' asks Mr Bond

As part of its ongoing campaign to see investors better educated, RBE’s Mr Bond lifts the lid on some of the markets worst excesses - 'don’t take shareholder risks for bondholder rewards'

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22nd Jul

All Bonds are not Born Equal…….Mr Bond Explains

All Bonds are not Born Equal…….Mr Bond Explains

As a champion of the market RBE has become increasingly concerned by a number of recent issues and the risks they present to investors.

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11th Dec

Is There an Alternative for Investors Starved of Retail Bonds?

Is There an Alternative for Investors Starved of Retail Bonds?

The low interest rate environment of recent years has made the hunt for yield more difficult and as I highlighted in the last edition of DIY Investor Magazine, demand from investors for retail bonds has outstripped supply leaving investors frustrated by the shortage of issuance.

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5th Nov

Providing Solar Energy Where the Sun Shines

Providing Solar Energy Where the Sun Shines

Solar power is becoming increasingly prominent in India and the sector is generating considerable interest among investors with over $4.5 billion of new investments announced in the last twelve months.

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22nd Sep

28th Apr

In Conversation – Mr Bond and Wasps Chief Executive David Armstrong

In Conversation – Mr Bond and Wasps Chief Executive David Armstrong

In this exclusive interview Mr Bond tries Wasps’ Chief Exec David Armstrong with some searching questions – and appears to have been converted.

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10th Apr

Wellesley Offers up to 5.25% With ISA Eligible Bond Based on Peer-to-Peer Lending

Wellesley Offers up to 5.25% With ISA Eligible Bond Based on Peer-to-Peer Lending

In February, peer-to-peer lender Wellesley unveiled the first ever ISA compliant retail bond that invests in loans on its platform; it delivers 4%, tax free for a three year investment and 5.25% for five.

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10th Apr

Trade Finance

"World can run without money and currencies but not without business and trade.” Amit Kalantri

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20th Feb

The deadline is looming, but which platform for the DIY ISA Investor?

The deadline is looming, but which platform for the DIY ISA Investor?

Retail Bond Expert takes a look at the considerations

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9th Jan

28th Dec

That Was the Year That Was – RBE Round  up 2013

That Was the Year That Was – RBE Round up 2013

A look at the past 12 months in the AIM and Bond markets

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29th Nov

For Your Eyes Only - Mr Bond in Conversation with Premier Oil Finance Director Tony Durrant

For Your Eyes Only - Mr Bond in Conversation with Premier Oil Finance Director Tony Durrant

Following the launch of its first retail bond in the UK Retail Bond Expert is delighted to have had the opportunity to speak to FD Tony Durrant who, in this unique interview, tells us more about the strategy that underpins £1.8 billion FTSE 250 oil exploration company Premier Oil and shares his thoughts about the Order Book for Retail Bonds (ORB).

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25th Sep

The Tortoise and the Hare – but not a SIPP of Wine

The Tortoise and the Hare – but not a SIPP of Wine

Retail Bond Expert confirms the need for caution as borrowers tempt investors with a whole range of both listed and unlisted bonds, and asks if it is time for industry standard product definitions.

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27th Aug

The Only Way is Ethics – Co-op Bank Bond Holders Fight ‘Bail-In’

The Only Way is Ethics – Co-op Bank Bond Holders Fight ‘Bail-In’

With Thursday’s half-yearly figures expected to show the full extent of the problems at the troubled Co-operative Bank, bond holders have united in their opposition to proposed plans to exchange their debt for equity, and have taken their case to the Bank of England – and beyond!

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21st Aug

Fork 'andles

Fork 'andles

‘Fork ‘andles’ – Mr Bond Says Make Sure You Know What you are Buying

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8th Aug

Bold Carney Looks for Stability as UK Economy Recovers

Bold Carney Looks for Stability as UK Economy Recovers

As the Governor of the Bank of England delivers his most significant policy statement since taking office, Mr Bond considers the likely impact of a protracted period of low interest rates.

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6th Aug

Going up. Or Down. The Paradox of the ‘Bond Bubble’.

Going up. Or Down. The Paradox of the ‘Bond Bubble’.

Mr Bond considers the recent exodus from bond funds

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24th Jun

ORBIG Predicts Green Light for Independent Ratings

ORBIG Predicts Green Light for Independent Ratings

Following its campaign to ensure that investors are provided with sufficient information to allow them to make informed investment decisions and objectively weigh the merits of the retail bonds on offer, Retail Bond Expert (RBE).

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19th Jun

Co-op Bank Bailout Confirms Need for Caution

Co-op Bank Bailout Confirms Need for Caution

Painfully low interest rates attract savers and investors to higher rates of return

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7th Jun

Caveat Emptor – Mr Bond Urges Caution When Purchasing 'Retail Bonds'

Caveat Emptor – Mr Bond Urges Caution When Purchasing 'Retail Bonds'

knowing the difference between retail bonds, mini-bonds and private placings

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1st May

Uncovering the Retail Bond Market

Uncovering the Retail Bond Market

Elise Huttenga of IDCM discusses the appeal and growth of the retail bond market

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1st May

Retail Bond Boom to Continue Despite Crowded Market

Retail Bond Boom to Continue Despite Crowded Market

Eden Riche of Investec outlines the risks and opportunities ahead

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26th Mar

Inflation: the biggest threat to your bond portfolio?

Inflation: the biggest threat to your bond portfolio?

Phillip Gilbert of Linear Investments poses the question

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17th Feb

Savers Turn to Bonds For Inflation Beating ISA Returns

Savers Turn to Bonds For Inflation Beating ISA Returns

With only six weeks left to make use of the 2012-2013 ISA allowance, savers and investors are increasingly considering retail bonds as a way to achieve above-inflation returns.

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2nd Dec

Goldfinder – Mr Bond Considers the Latest Issues

This has been the most prolific year to date for the retail bond market since the launch of ORB in 2010.

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25th Nov

A Case for Investing? Savers Squeezed as Only 30% of Accounts Beat Inflation

A Case for Investing? Savers Squeezed as Only 30% of Accounts Beat Inflation

Only 30% of savers operate savings accounts that beat the current rate of inflation, according to a survey of over 2,000 people commissioned by lend-to-save firm RateSetter, which concluded that the vast majority of savers get negative returns from their savings accounts.

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12th Oct

Understanding the Risks as the UK Retail Bond Market Develops

Understanding the Risks as the UK Retail Bond Market Develops

The rapidly developing UK retail corporate bond market is attracting a more diverse range of issuers and this has raised concerns that some investors may not fully understand the potential losses they could be exposed to.

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7th Oct

Bonds vs Bond Funds

Bonds vs Bond Funds

Bond funds undoubtedly have some advantages, the strongest of which is the ready-made diversification of a pooled investment. By utilising a fund, the diversification benefits of a hundred or more individual bond holdings can be had at the click of a mouse, with the attendant reduction in transaction costs in comparison to individual bond purchases. However, bond funds could be argued to be less attractive than holding bonds directly for two reasons.

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30th Sep

In Praise of the Retail Distribution Review

In Praise of the Retail Distribution Review

The Financial Services Authority (FSA), the City regulator, is introducing a package of important reforms at the end of this year which will affect everyone saving for a pension or investing in an ISA.

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25th Sep

Saving or Investing: Can you beat inflation?

Saving or Investing: Can you beat inflation?

As of August 2012, instant access accounts offered just 0.22% interest and deposit accounts 1.51%. Meanwhile cash ISAs offered an average of just 0.66% while fixed-term savings bonds paid more, but only 2.49% a year.

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