Central Banking

Comment: UK's 50-year indexed gilt

The UK will combine two growing trends in sovereign debt issuance when it issues the world's first 50-year index-linked gilt in November.


Ultra long bonds have been popular not only with issuers seeking to take advantage of historically low interest rates, but also with investors such as pension funds needing to better match their assets and liabilities. The UK was the first country to resume issuance of 50-year bonds in May 2005, narrowly beating France and Italy.


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