The top bond picks

Telstra delivered a great return in 2012, but its performance was rivalled on the bond market.

Summary: The Australian bond market delivered an average overall return of 7.7% last year, but specific issuers delivered exceptional returns for investors. The top-performing $A fixed interest issuers achieved returns greater than 20%.

Key take-out: Managed fund returns were slightly better than ETFs, but capital appreciation was lower.

Key beneficiaries: General investors. Category: Income

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