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The big picture about bonds

A bond's coupon rate, often dangled as the carrot, should not be the only factor investors look at, says CAI HAOXIANG

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A FRIEND, upset at how his mother was sold a financial product, recently told me this story.

His mum was convinced by her banker to buy a complex product which involved the bonds of four foreign companies with coupons ranging from 3 to 5 per cent.

Now, 3 to 5 per cent sounds good.

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