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Fixed income

The industry calls it fixed income; the rest of us say bonds. Bonds are effectively loans made by you, the investor, to a company or government. They promise to repay the exact investment back after an agreed period - five or ten years' time is common ...

Frontier markets

Also known as "pre-emerging markets", frontier markets are countries with investable, but less developed (read: more volatile), stock markets. Due to political instability, substandard financial reporting, and other inadequacies common in these markets, they are particularly attractive to investors looking for a high risk, high reward option to fuel their next adrenaline rush ...

Fund of funds

It would be great if this was the collective name for funds (you know, like murder of crows). It's not. A fund of funds is exactly what it says: a fund that invests in other funds. They are also known as multi-manager funds. Their primary goal is to spread your money more widely - not putting all your eggs in one basket - while (hopefully) backing the best active fund managers ...

Funds

The industry calls it fixed income; the rest of us say bonds. Bonds are effectively loans made by you, the investor, to a company or government. They promise to repay the exact investment back after an agreed period - five or ten years' time is common ...