Should You Invest in Bonds in 2016?

As UK and US central banks raise interest rates this year, so too will bond yields - and the price of bonds will fall. Is there any merit in holding fixed income in 2016? 

Emma Wall 7 January, 2016 | 9:44AM
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It has been a very long time since interest rates were dropped to the lowest ever rate of 0.5% in the UK; seven years in March. But hope is on the horizon for savers. In December, seven years after the Federal Reserve dropped rates to its lowest equivalent our compardres across the pond chose to raise interest rates; and the consensus view is Britain will not be far behind.

But while savers rejoice at the prospect of a little more return on cash in the bank, bond investors are not looking quite as perky. This rate rise has been long awaited. In June 2012, one of Britain's leading bond fund managers urged investors to "get ready" to ditch fixed income, saying that they were “riskier than equities”. Bond markets went on to enjoy three more years of attractive returns after that, but now the day is finally upon us where fixed income prices will begin to fall.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Artemis High Income R Inc0.74 GBP-0.31Rating
Fidelity Strategic Bond34.10 GBP-0.35Rating
Schroder MM Diversity A Acc1.21 GBP0.25Rating

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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