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Useful websites

www.bankofengland.co.uk The central bank of the United Kindom. A great website for economic statistics.

www.bondscape.net Bondscape provides brokers and other professional investment advisers with the ability to trade bonds in smaller size, breaking down the barriers to entry for private client advisors by offering equity-style online dealing capabilities with multiple market makers. The service, delivered free of charge, is live in over 100 institutions within the UK, servicing the needs of over 700 dealers and portfolio managers.

www.bondvigilantes.co.uk An informative "blog" from the fixed income fund management team at M&G.

www.bloomberg.com Bloomberg’s 11 international web sites provide an up-to-the-minute mix of data, news and tools related to financial markets, economics, politics, personal finance and lifestyle.

www.bba.org.uk The BBA is the leading association for the UK banking and financial services sector, speaking for 228 banking members from 60 countries on the full range of UK or international banking issues and engaging with 35 associated professional firms.

http://www.bondmarketprices.com/ A very useful website offering private investors access to the TRAX database of bond prices and other information produced by international bond dealers. This website has a data on both Sterling denominated and foreign currency bonds trading in the international capital markets.

www.bsa.org.uk The UK Building Societies' website. Useful info from the association of this group of organisations, which remain frequent issuers in the bond and PIBS market

www.dmo.gov.uk The UK Government Debt Mangement Office. A host of useful information on Gilts and Index Linked Gilts for the private investor. Full prospectuses of Gilt issues can be downloaded from here.

www.efinancialnews.com The industry "trade journal" for the City. Information on new bond issues and developments in the fixed income and credit markets.

http://www.eib.org/investor_info/markets/gbp-bond-market.htm The European Investment Bank is one of the major issuers in the Sterling bond markets and encourages retail participation. Link goes straight to the Sterling bond page.

www.investorsintelligence.com Technical analysis of the international financial markets, including coverage of fixed income securities, read more about this service here.

www.marketprices.ft.com Link goes straight to the FT's international bond data page.

www.moodys.com Register to gain access to credit ratings on over 170,000 corporate, government, and structured finance securities. Free to private users.

http://boards.fool.co.uk/Messages.asp?bid=50085 The Motley Fool's bulletin board for bonds and gilts.

www.reuters.com The leading international news agency. Coverage of international markets and related issues.

www.standardandpoors.com Provider of credit ratings assessing the risk of default associated with different bond issues. Standard & Poor's offers the public access to current ratings information. Viewers must register (free) to view data.

http://www.threadneedle.com/en/gb/fa/marketanalysis/quentin_fitzsimmons_blog.aspx An informative "blog" from fund manager Quentin Fitzsimmons, head of government bonds at Threadneedle (link goes straight to blog)

www.yahoo.com The Yahoo Finance UK bond page. Daily updates on market moves and macro-economic developments. Link goes straight to bond page.