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Anonymous

25 Nov 2019

General Investing

Why corporate bonds rated AAA still have higher interest payments? Isn't it the same as gov AAA bonds? so shouldn't we always just buy corp AAA bonds?

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Paridhi Jhunjhunwala

Paridhi Jhunjhunwala

25 Nov 2019

Associate at Kristal.AI

Hi!

AAA rating is given to the bonds of corporates, which have the ability to pay the coupons and repay the invested amount timely. The AAA rated corporate bonds still have a higher interest rate that AAA government bonds because government bonds are considered to be risk-free. AAA corporate bonds can till default if they are unable to repay the amount, but the government can always print more money.
To get the benefits of low risk and higher returns, you can diversify and invest in both so that you get both benefits.

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Kelly Trinh

Kelly Trinh

23 Nov 2019

Backoffice technical at financial services firm

I think the credit rating only really relevant for off-currency bonds (eg Argentine gov't borrowing in dollars). For local currency, the government can always print more money...

Stepping aside from that for a second - governments still have more strength than even the best corporates - again Argentina saga as example, the government has had much more ability to negotiate/restructure their debts than a corporate would have had.

Hariz Arthur Maloy

Hariz Arthur Maloy

24 Mar 2019

Independent Financial Advisor at Promiseland Independent

They're rated the same for their ability to pay coupons and capital upon maturity. But AAA doesn't m...

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