What is a Government Bond?

What is a Government Bond?

Tim Skeet

35 years: Debt capital markets

The government bond market is huge - at the end of 2018 it was estimated to be in the region of $66tn. In this video, Tim provides an introduction to government bonds and compares purchasing these from countries around the world.

The government bond market is huge - at the end of 2018 it was estimated to be in the region of $66tn. In this video, Tim provides an introduction to government bonds and compares purchasing these from countries around the world.

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What is a Government Bond?

6 mins 56 secs

Overview

A government bond is a bond issued by a sovereign government. Government bonds come in a variety of formats and maturities. They can be very short-term instruments (from as little as a one-month maturity) or go out to 30-year bonds or even longer. And they can come with fixed or floating-rate interest payments, and in an inflation-linked format. Government bonds are considered to be one of the most risk-free investments.

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain why a government might issue debt

  • Know why bonds in certain countries are considered to be “risk-free”

  • Understand how a bond works

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