The term fixed income investment describes a group of investments that provide a fixed-rate return for a set period of time. A common type of fixed income investment is a bond. Bonds are issued by the Federal, Provincial or Municipal governments and Federal crown corporations.
Backed by the issuer, fixed income investments can be a low risk option. Your initial investment is guaranteed by the issuer with the added benefit of interest income options .
Subject to your financial needs, fixed income investments offer a variety of maturity and income options .
Bonds can be sold at market value any time should you need access to your funds.
Take a look at the wide range of fixed income investments available to you.Learn more
A Fixed Income investment is a good option if you’re looking to reach your savings goal in the:
TD Fixed Income Investments can help you build a well-balanced investment portfolio.
We can help you choose from a wide-range of investment options that, if held to maturity, will provide a guaranteed return. Here are two different types of fixed income investments:
Government-Issued Fixed Income Investments are bonds that are fully guaranteed by the issuer for both the principal and the interest. Choose from Federal, Crown Corporation , Provincial or Municipal bonds.
Government-Issued Fixed Income Investments that have had their interest payments (coupons) and the principal “stripped” down into separate components and sold individually.
Government of Canada Bonds pay a guaranteed, fixed rate of interest income until maturity, at which time the face value is repaid.The highlights:
Federal Crown Corporations are special purpose corporations created by an act of the Canadian Parliament. These corporations are either direct obligations of the Government of Canada or fully guaranteed by the Government of Canada.Here are the highlights:
Provincial Bonds are direct obligations of Canada’s Provincial Governments. While the level of quality varies by issuing province, TD only sells the highest quality of provincial bonds available at competitive rates. They generally offer a better return than Government of Canada bonds.The highlights:
Municipal Bonds are direct obligations of Canada’s Municipal Governments. While the level of quality varies by issuing Municipality, TD only sells the highest quality municipal bonds available at competitive rates compared to similar Government of Canada bonds.The highlights:
Stripped Bonds are direct obligations of the issuing government. Strips generally have higher yields than ordinary bonds of similar terms and credit quality. They are ideally suited for RSPs, RRIFs and RESPs because your interest is accrued until maturity where you will receive both your principal and interest payments.The highlights:
We’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions people have about fixed income investments. Take a look below to find helpful information.
Visit your local TD Canada Trust or TD Waterhouse branch and speak to one of our financial representatives. They will provide you with the information and advice you need to make an investment that best suits your financial needs.
Fixed income investments are fully guaranteed by the issuer for both principal and interest.
TD Canada Trust offers bonds issued by the Federal, Provincial or Municipal governments and Federal crown corporations.
TD Waterhouse may offer additional options.
Fixed Income investments require a small minimum investment of $5,000.
Fixed Income investments are available at your local TD Canada Trust and TD Waterhouse branch. They are also available online through WebBroker.
A T5, NR4 or R3 will be issued for interest earned during a calendar year, based on your residency.
A T5008 is issued when the bond matures or for redemptions (if the investment is sold prior to maturity). If you redeem prior to maturity, you may incur a capital gain or loss.
For Strip Bonds and residual bonds, the purchaser will be required to claim the deemed amount of accrued interest each year even though no interest is paid until maturity.
Most bonds pay interest on a semi-annual basis. For example, a holder of 10000 face value of a 3.00% Government of Canada bond maturing 1 June 2015 would receive $300.00 interest annually (10000 * 3.00%). The interest would be broken down into two $150.00 payments: one on June 1st and the other on December 1st.
The face value of a bond (also know as par value or principal) is the amount paid to the bondholder at maturity.
This is the portion of the bond that provides the holder an interest payment at a pre-determined rate. Coupons are quoted at an annual rate however most bonds pay interest semi-annually.Discount
The amount by which a bond sells below its par (or maturity) value.Government Bonds
Bonds issued by governments (federal ,provincial and municipal), crown corporations, or government agencies. Backed by the taxation powers of governments, these bonds typically have the highest credit ratings.Investment Grade
Government Bonds considered appropriate for risk-averse investors because they usually represent moderate to low risk. These bonds are usually rated in the top four categories (e.g. A or better) by a bond-rating agency.Liquidity
The ability to easily convert an investment into cash without significant cost.Premium
The amount by which a bond sells above it’s par (or maturity) value.Security
A type of financial instrument. A few examples of securities: a Treasury bill, a guaranteed investment certificate or a savings bond.Yield to Maturity (or Yield)
The rate of return that an investor can expect to receive if an issue is held to its maturity date and all coupons, as they are received, are re-invested at that yield level. It takes into account the price paid for the bond, its coupon interest rate, its value at maturity and the time remaining until the bond matures.