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The Five-Minute Investor from Money Clinic: What is a yield?

Like an interest rate on a savings account, investment yields show us how much income different investments are able to generate. But how are yields calculated, and how can they measure the returns on different types of investments including shares, bonds and property?

In our new miniseries, The Five-Minute Investor, consumer editor Claer Barrett asks FT markets columnist and Unhedged co-host Katie Martin to give practical examples of how yields can be used as a benchmark for different assets, and how to interpret the story behind the numbers.

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Listen to Unhedged wherever you get your podcasts, and read Katie Martin’s column on the topic, How the humble dividend might rise again.

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Listen to Money Clinic’s investment masterclasses, such as Deborah Meaden on her life in business, An insider’s view of the City of London, and more.

Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.

Disclaimer: The Money Clinic podcast is a general discussion about financial topics and does not constitute an investment recommendation or individual financial advice.

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