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The marketplace for all your bonds needs



If you thought the stock market was big, the bond market is even bigger! This is because the global exchanging of debt securities has a vast range of maturities and credit ratings.

And although many investors ‘ignore’ the bond market (they may not completely understand how it works, or are turned away because of the lower, fixed returns compared to the potential of stocks) it is crucial to understand its place in the investing scheme of things, and how you can benefit from it.

For example, while the Fed and most other central banks are increasing interest rates, the Central Bank of China recently cut its interest rate. Which means that not all economies agree on global interest rate decisions, and that could influence more diverse fixed income opportunities. And investors need greater choice and flexibility when determining whether to increase their portfolio allocations to bonds.

If you are considering bonds, Interactive Brokers is the place to head to, with the availability of over ONE MILLION bond types and options.

From corporate bonds, to US government securities, to non-US sovereign bonds, investors are able to find  better-suited choices via the Bond Search Tool.

Investors can compare available options by maturity date, coupon, yield and rating, and even go as far as filtering by country of issuer, currency or industry.

This can make it easy to choose the right bond product, and allocate capital towards it.

The Bond Search Tool also allows an investor to compare yields against those of other brokers, to see if you are getting the lowest priced bonds, with the most transparent pricing.

And speaking of pricing, IBKR has no mark-ups or built-in spreads, and has low and transparent commissions.

Treasury bills, notes and bonds: 0.2 bps for the first USD$1 million of face value, plus 0.01 bps for face value above USD$1m.

Corporate bonds: 10 bps for the first USD$10,000 of face value, plus 2.5 bps for face value above USD$10,000.

Municipal bonds: 5 bps for the first USD$10,000 of face value, plus 1.25 bps for face value above USD$10,000 trade directly with other IBKR advisors and clients

You can even trade directly with other IBKR clients. It’s no wonder that Interactive Brokers was rated Best Online Broker for Bonds by Benzinga for a second consecutive year.

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How Elon Musk built his empire



A plane arrives in China. On board, one of the world’s richest men. He’s come to convince authorities that he should be allowed to set up a brand new factory.

He is Elon Musk.

And this is his first trip to China in three years.

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Amazon employees walk out to protest office policies



Staff at warehousing giant Amazon have walked off the job to protest the company’s return-to-office program

Over 1,900 Amazon employees pledged to protest globally over proposed changes to the company’s climate policy, layoffs and a return-to-office mandate.

The activist group behind the rally is known as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), who are seeking a greater voice for employees.

“Our goal is to change Amazon’s cost/benefit analysis on making harmful, unilateral decisions that are having an outsized impact on people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people,” organisers said.

Over 100 people gathered at the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on Wednesday. The company said it had not witnessed any other demonstrations.

AECJ said the walkout comes after Amazon made moves “in the wrong direction”.

The company recently has recently overturned a desire to make all Amazon shipments net zero for carbon emissions by 2030.

The company maintains a pledge on climate change.

Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser told Reuters the company is pursuing a strategy to cut carbon emissions.

“For companies like ours who consume a lot of power, and have very substantial transportation, packaging, and physical building assets, it’ll take time to accomplish.”

AECJ protesters also sought support for the 27,000 staff, who had lost their jobs in recent months —around 9 per cent of Amazon’s global workforce.

The company has also mandated a return-to-office program.

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The Great Resignation vs. The Great Burnout



As employees recover from the height of the pandemic, the Great Resignation has come to light

The pandemic saw the term ‘the great resignation’ coined as thousands of people resigned from their jobs across the U.S. in 2021 and 2022.

Karin Reed, the author of ‘Suddenly Hybrid said the great resignation was a period of employees taking control of their future.

“A lot of people realised in their current environment they were not happy with what they were doing with their job. They chose to vote with their feet and go elsewhere,

In other parts of the world, a spike in resignations was not reported.

However, a higher degree of workers began reporting post-Covid burnout, as they made a return to the office.

“There’s been a blurring of the lines. You have work that’s not confined by a physical space.

“Instead of closing the computer and walk away, our computer is in the next room.”

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