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About UK Gilt Futures
Gilts are bonds that are issued with the aid of the HM Treasury on behalf of the British government, and they are generally considered low-risk investments. Gilts are the U.K. equivalent of U.S. Treasury securities, and Traditionally they were gilt-edged certificates and the name has stuck. They help the authorities to fund its borrowing. Whilst you buy a gilt, you are effectively lending the Government money. In return, the Government promises to pay you a static amount of interest over a set period of time.
Gilts are issued for nominal quantities on the way to always repaid at maturity except the issuer going bankrupt, which, fingers crossed, is unlikely to occur to the United Kingdom authorities.