Corporate bonds and gilts
When you buy a corporate or government bond you are, in effect, lending a company or government money. In return you receive interest and the issuer promises to pay back the loan on a specified date. This means that in terms of risk, bonds generally sit between cash and shares. That said, investing in bonds does carry its own risks and you could get back less than you invest. Find out more about corporate bonds and gilts.
Why invest with Hargreaves Lansdown?
- Low cost
Buy and sell corporate bonds and gilts in a Vantage Account from just £20 per deal, and never pay more than £50 per deal.
- Wide investment choice
You're free to make your own investment decisions and choose from a wide range of bonds including government-backed gilts, investment grade corporate bonds and even more speculative, corporate bonds and PIBS.
Most corporate bonds and gilts can be held in the Vantage ISA, Junior ISA or SIPP, allowing you to shelter your investments from further tax. However, some Inland Revenue restrictions may apply. Remember, tax rules can change and the reliefs depend on your personal circumstances. They can also be held in the Vantage Fund & Share Account.
- Bond prices and charts
Access prices and charts for hundreds of corporate bonds, gilts and PIBS in seconds with our search tool.
Be the first to know about bond launches available through Hargreaves Lansdown
Once you are familiar with corporate bonds and gilts, including how they work, you can place a deal in an existing Vantage account by calling our dealers on 0117 980 9800 during market hours (Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4.30pm). Bonds may not be suitable for all investors and neither income nor capital is guaranteed. If you are unsure of their suitability please seek advice.
Please remember that the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. If you are unsure of the suitability of your investment please seek advice.
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