Bond pond has shallow returns

Retail investors don’t have many corporate bond choices … and bank returns are deeper.

PORTFOLIO POINT: Retail investors can still get better returns on bank deposits than on the bond market. That’s a reflection of regulatory distortion and government intervention.

There was much excitement among participants in the wholesale corporate bond market last week. BHP Billiton returned to the market for the first time in over a decade to issue $1 billion of five-year bonds.

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