Distribution bonds are intended to provide income with minimal affects on your original investment. They attempt to ensure that any tax-free returns, up to 5 per cent and usually in the form of dividends, do not greatly reduce your original investment, thereby providing the opportunity for future long-term growth. They also combine two different asset classes, equities and bonds, inside one investment wrapper.
Distribution bonds tend to have a higher amount invested in UK equities than other types of bonds, so they may be riskier. Nevertheless, distribution bonds normally have a strong income flow to them from reliable investments to increase their security. A larger exposure to equities as part of their overall investment mix provides the potential for longer-term growth.
Depending on the performance, the income produced from distribution bonds will fluctuate, and, for tax purposes, withdrawals can be deferred for up to 20 years.