Fixed Income
Elizabeth Moran

One of the unlikely outcomes from what we now might call the “franking credits scare” that dominated the election campaign has been the realisation among many investors that they need to look further for income.Many investors have yet to fully explore bonds, especially high-yield bonds. A high-yield bond is one... Show More

Elizabeth Moran

The AUD dropped harder and faster than other Asian currencies on Friday reinforcing its position as a liquid and flexible proxy for the Asia region. Right now the Australian economy is performing at its best in years which should be good news for the AUD, but the currency is sending... Show More

Elizabeth Moran

The recent by-elections should serve as a warning to investors reliant on franking credits for income. Significant swings to Labor while the Liberals stand by corporate tax cuts, increase the chance of a Labor victory and, with it, Labor’s stated policy of removing franking credit refunds to investors who do... Show More

Elizabeth Moran

In the scramble for customers, some fund managers and superannuation providers are taking on additional risk, investing in a range of assets and deeming them ‘cash’ when clearly they are not. Show More

That's true William, in an ETF you have no maturity date, whereas direct investors have that comfort. Also, in some cases income is high but the yield to maturity is much lower and not attractive, so investors really need to dig a little to get the full picture.

On Loss of franking credits is a game changer -

Hi Peter, thanks for your comments. Hybrids are very complex investments and each one is different, meaning investors should read each prospectus to understand the risks involved. Investing direct and through a fund means you may be quite concentrated - probably worth reviewing. High yield bonds are great for diversity, as you can get exposure to lots of different industries. While they can also be complex, specific debt research should help you decide whether they are right for your portfolio. One last point, many investment grade bonds are now yielding over the 4% mentioned from your hybrid fund. These are higher rated and less complex than the hybrids. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about bonds. Regards

On High yield bond issue another way to go shopping with Afterpay -

Thanks Mr T, I agree its all about the risk and return equation and whether as an investor you think you are being paid enough. It's always interesting to compare what else is available and zipMoney as a competitor is a worthy benchmark.

On High yield bond issue another way to go shopping with Afterpay -

Hi Stephen, The perceived credit risk of the company issuing the bonds was the most important factor during the GFC. Very low risk company bonds were ‘flight to quality’ and performed well. At this point in the cycle investors preferred Longer dated fixed rate bonds with long duration to lock in high rates - they reasoned interest rates would have to fall. High quality floating rate bonds with short durationwould have also performed well, but poorer credits less so, given a greater perceived chance of default.

On The difference between bonds and shares in a severe correction -

Hi Andy, I agree its low and not very appealing.The main investors in this bond would be institutions, mandated to hold certain investment grade percentages. Typically they can't access the same deposit rates as retail investors and huge sums mean the government guarantee to $250,000 doesn't cover their investment. At this stage of the cycle, when interest rates are low and many assets look over-valued, investors start to focus on capital preservation rather than yield. Telstra is a large corporate, known to overseas investors and should have no trouble refinancing or repaying this bond when the time comes. The other benefit of low risk bonds is that they are generally liquid, allowing investors to access capital on a T+2 basis and invest in something else. There are other investment grade bonds available paying circa 4%, that might make better sense.

On A different way to profit from Telstra and Qantas -