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Dec 16, 2013

Infographic: Which foreign government bonds stand out?

With disappointing returns on North American bonds, investors with some appetite for risk can consider looking elsewhere. Investors obviously need to assess how much volatility they can tolerate, what portion of their portfolio to hold in fixed-income securities, and potential currency and tax consequences of holding foreign assets. But with different factors affecting interest rates on government and also corporate bonds abroad, it’s worth a look for Canadian investors. Note: U.S. government bonds, or Treasuries, are important to watch, as the actions of the U.S. central bank, or Federal Reserve, can affect rates in other countries.

Dec 16, 2013

In images: The case for buying European bonds

European bonds – both government and corporate – have been rising in price for more than a year. They have weathered concerns about inflation far better than their U.S. and Canadian counterparts and have largely avoided the volatility experienced in North America this year. While there are risks, income investors who are frustrated with the recent performance of North America’s bond market might want to look across the Atlantic.

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