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Tesco bonds with retail investors | Money. Savers looking for a better return on their money will, for the first time, be able to invest in individual corporate bonds issued by major companies such as Tesco and BT following this week's launch of a trading service for private investors. The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has unveiled a "retail bond market" allowing private investors with modest sums to buy and sell bonds paying an interest rate of between 5% and 8%.

Corporate bonds are debt issued by companies to raise money, which pay a fixed rate of interest for a set period. They are generally considered less risky than shares, but more so than putting your cash in a savings account. The main risk for the buyer of an individual corporate bond is that the issuing company might go bust.

Traditionally, this type of investment has only really been an option for big institutional investors because the minimum amount needed to trade was typically £50,000 or more. Many savings accounts now offer low returns. Are they a good buy? Retail Bond Issues. Please be aware of the risks involved. The value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change. If in any doubt, please seek advice.

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Corporate bonds: A guide to investing. By Simon Lambert and This Is Money Updated: 10:48 GMT, 11 August 2014 Bonds: Bonds are forms of debt issued by companies that act as IOUs Corporate bonds are popular among investors, typically offering lower risk and higher income than shares. A new route to investing direct in companies has opened up in recent years from the retail bond market as well as the more risky mini bonds. Meanwhile, many corporate bond funds have done better than expected as interest rates have stayed lower for longer. We explain why investors like corporate bonds and how to invest What is a corporate bond? Corporate bonds are issued as a way of raising money for businesses - it's essentially a certificate of debt issued by major companies When you buy bonds you are lending money to a company in exchange for an IOU. The only thing that might stop this is if the company actually goes bust. As long as you hold that bond you are paid that coupon every year and if you keep it to maturity you will get your capital back.

Money Market Instruments - Series 6. About us - History. Annual Report. UK operating performance We achieved strong sales growth in the year with stores open more than one year increasing their sales by 8.9%. Of this, 4.8% was due to an increase in the volume of products sold and 4.1% was due to inflation. The trend in existing stores sales growth is shown in Chart 1. On this measure, we continue to outperform the industry average. Sales from new stores continue to be encouraging, with all formats - superstores, compact, Metro and Express - trading in line with our expectations. Our total UK sales increase was 19.8%.This contributed to the estimated rise in our market share from 12.0% to 13.6% (see Chart 2).

The market continues to be highly competitive. We have continued our drive to improve the productivity of all areas. The launch of Clubcard has allowed us to target more precisely our marketing activities and improve the value for money we obtain from marketing expenditure. The purchase of Wm Low was completed 20 months ago adding a further 57 stores. Money Market Instruments - Encyclopedia - Business Terms | The money market is the arena in which financial institutions make available to a broad range of borrowers and investors the opportunity to buy and sell various forms of short-term securities. There is no physical "money market. " Instead it is an informal network of banks and traders linked by telephones, fax machines, and computers. Money markets exist both in the United States and abroad. The short-term debts and securities sold on the money markets—which are known as money market instruments—have maturities ranging from one day to one year and are extremely liquid.

The money market is important for businesses because it allows companies with a temporary cash surplus to invest in short-term securities; conversely, companies with a temporary cash shortfall can sell securities or borrow funds on a short-term basis. Although securities purchased on the money market carry less risk than long-term debt, they are still not entirely risk free.

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