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  • Gilts

    UK government bonds are known as Gilt-Edged Securities or Gilts. Bonds are fixed rate securities issued as debt and repaid at a future date. Many governments issue Gilts to raise money and pay the investor interest. They often have a fixed date for repayment. If the interest rate paid is high, then the Gilt will trade at a premium. When the Gilt is due for repayment will also determine the price. Gilts can be traded in the same way as shares

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