Friends With Money #117: Bonds - the fixed income alternative

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After a woeful 2022 bonds appear to be making a comeback with investors. But how do they work, and what role do they have in a portfolio?

This week on the Friends With Money podcast, Money's Tom Watson is joined by the chief executive of micro-investing app Blossom, Gaby Rosenberg, to drill into the fundamentals of fixed income and bonds.

  • What do we mean by fixed income?
  • What factors influence the price of bonds?
  • How have bonds performed in the short and long term?
  • What role can fixed income play for investors?
  • How can investors purchase bonds?

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Tom Watson is a senior journalist at Money magazine, and one of the hosts of the Friends With Money podcast. He's previously worked as a journalist covering everything from property and consumer banking to financial technology. Tom has a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Gaby Rosenberg is the co-founder of Blossom, a savings app established in 2021 with the goal of democratising access to returns from fixed-income bonds. She previously worked in operational roles across multiple leading tech start-up and, while nearing the end of a Startmate Fellowship in 2020, identified an opportunity in the fixed income market. Today, Blossom manages over $37 million. Gaby holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW.