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Bond investing getting stressful

Woes faced by issuers amid challenging markets drive home the need for investors to do their homework

Some investors find bond investments downright stressful as more issuers get into trouble or are finding it tougher in today's challenging markets.

FIXED income or bond investors generally expect to have a quiet life. It's why the typical asset allocation recommended for retirees is that bonds should make up the majority in a portfolio and volatile equities take a much smaller portion.

Singapore dollar (SGD) bond investors are