My first nervous forays into the bond market were made based on the daily data that Bondscape used to offer - not only on corporate bonds but also gilts. It was through Bondscape that I discovered perpetual bonds and gilts (which have made me money but - I hasten to add - are not necessarily right to buy now) as well as some under-priced corporate bonds that are now showing attractive capital gains. The pages of income and redemption yields made it relatively easy (perhaps too easy?) to identify and compare potential high-yield purchase targets in order to study them further.
“When created in 2001, Bondscape filled a gap in the market when there were very few options available to the UK retail network. In 2012, with platforms such as ORB and Bloomberg offering access to broad liquidity in the sterling fixed income markets, as well as RSPs such as Proquote, the need for Bondscape had reduced dramatically and, as such, we felt the platform served its purpose and reached its natural end.”
- Fixedincomeinvestments, (run by Mark Taber, as a ‘labour of love; it seems) has one of the most comprehensive resources on UK fixed-income securities, including price and yield data as well as information about redemption and calls. The website also provides well-informed comment on market developments.
- Fixedincomeinvestor (operated by Stockcube Research and sponsored by Canaccord Genuity) has a comprehensive summary table of corporate bonds, although - annoyingly - it provides only income yields and not redemption yields. The security names link through directly to price charts. Their Bond of the Week feature is usually informative and thought-provoking.
- Selftrade has a fairly comprehensive list of European corporate bonds (including gross redemption yields), which links through to Fixedincomeinvestor for more information.
- Canaccord Genuity provides weekly data for a range of UK, US and Canadian fixed-income securities.
I am not a financial adviser and the information provided does not constitute financial advice. You should always do your own research on top of what you learn here to ensure that it's right for your specific circumstances.