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By C.D.J. Waters

Delivering a lifeline either to these beginning out within the jargon-ridden global of finance and to any one attempting to put money into the inventory marketplace, Donald Waters's hassle-free advisor demonstrates that it takes simply part an hour for any reader to profit adequate so that it will interpret the monetary pages with self belief.

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Depending on the time to redemption, bonds are classified as: • short-dated (or shorts), with less than five years to redemption; • medium-dated, with five to 15 years to redemption; or • long-dated (or longs), with more than 15 years to redemption. Every year the government issues new bonds to cover both its current borrowing needs and to replace older bonds that have matured. When the government issues gilts to the primary market, it might issue them at slightly above or below their face value – at a premium or at a discount – depending on market conditions.

This has the drawback that you could lose all the money you invest. An alternative is to buy an option on the shares. Suppose that a share has a value of 100p, but you think that it will rise over the next three months. Rather than buy the shares at 100p, you could buy an option on them. This might cost 10p a share – the 48 Spreading Risk premium – and allow you to buy the shares for 110p at any time within the next three months. If the share price rises above 120p you can exercise your call option, buy the shares at 110p, and immediately sell them for a profit.

One problem is that fund managers generally seem to perform worse than the general stock market. In other words, it would be better to invest in a random spread of shares than take the advice of a highly paid fund manager. 42 Spreading Risk Unit trusts Unlike the big companies, most of us cannot afford our own fund manager – but we still want to spread our risks and get a good long-term return. We can do this through unit trusts. These are managed funds that give a simple way of spreading a small amount of cash over a wide range of investments.

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