Tips and the iceberg

Government bonds

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According to Bridgewater Associates, the US research firm, the global market for inflation-indexed bonds is now worth $440.8 billion – not that much smaller than the global market for high-yield bonds at $589.2 million, and nearly twice the size of the emerging markets bond business, at $234.6 million.

The UK government was the first to issue inflation-linked bonds (or gilts) back in 1981. Italy, France, Sweden, Australia and Canada are all substantial government issuers. But the real boom came

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