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Bonds news & analysis

Retail bonds: a year in review

18 December 2015

There were few new issuances on Orb in 2015, and sharp price falls in a handful of bonds weighed on overall index performance

Most of our coverage at the IC revolves around shares. But there are other (nominally less risky) ways to invest in companies, one of which is through the Order Book for Retail Bonds (Orb). Orb is a limited market of easily tradable debt launched by the London Stock Exchange in 2011, which was initially pounced on by blue-chips looking for cheap finance. The issues proved really popular, and many readers will have subscribed to the large number of issues - some of which were tacked on to larger corporate bond offerings - in Orb's infancy.

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