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DollarsAndSense Tonight: Is Bond Investing Safe Or Risky, Simple Or Complex?

Bonds have always been seen as the safer investment vehicle compared to stocks. However, in recent years, we have seen a number of high-profile bond defaults. This brings up an important question: Is bond investing actually safe or risky? Are bonds simple or is there more that meets the eye?


This talkshow is brought to you in collaboration with the Fixed Income Conference organised by SIAS.

Bonds have always been seen as the safer investment vehicle compared to stocks. However, in recent years, we have seen a number of high-profile bond defaults.

This brings up an important question for all investors: Is bond investing safe or risky, and are bonds simple or complex products?

At the SIAS Fixed Income Conference 2019, we sat down with Christopher Tan, CEO of Providend and Executive Director of MoneyOwl, to hear his views on bonds and the part they have to play in our investment portfolio.

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Some of the questions covered include:

1:00 – Are bonds safe or risky?

1:19 – Are bonds actually very complex?

2:04 – How do you think our bond investments should be made so that it complements our existing investment portfolio?

3:30 – Since the idea of investing in bonds is to enjoy diversification, if we are already investing in the stock of a company, should we still be investing in its bonds?

4:12 – Would you consider our CPF savings as part of our bonds or fixed income portfolio?

5:35 – Do you think the Singapore Savings Bond (SSB) is a good option for first time bond investors or people who have never invested in fixed income before?

7:00 – What are your thoughts about investing in a bond ETF?

Read Also: 7 Things We Learnt About Bonds From The SIAS Fixed Income Conference 2019

Even if you missed out on The SIAS Fixed Income Conference 2019, there are a lot of online resources available for you to read up more about this asset class.

Here are a few important articles to get you started:

5 Terms You Need To Understand Before Investing In Bonds

7 Questions To Answer Before You Invest Into The Singapore Savings Bonds (SSB)

Complete Guide To Investing In Corporate Bonds In Singapore