Investing in bonds

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

A beginner's guide to bonds

It's easy to become confused about bonds – the term covers a wide range of financial products. Here, Ed Bowsher explains the main types of bond.

How gilts work and why they matter

In this video, Ed takes a look at UK government bonds – how they work, why they are important, and whether you should invest in them.

How corporate bonds work

In his third video on bonds, Ed looks at how corporate bonds work, how risky they are, and whether or not they're a good investment for most people.


Hugh Hendry: Macron's victory will see bond yields rise

Macron’s win is a victory for the status quo, says Hugh Hendry, which mans European sovereign bon yields will start to rise.

These social housing bonds are a solid place to park your money

This social housing bond could be a good place to park your money if capital preservation is of primary importance, says Oliver Butt.

Avoid this “Brexit Bond”

The Family Building Society is offering a new fixed-rate “Brexit Bond”. But it’s best to steer clear, says Ruth Jackson.

America’s becalmed bond market

The world’s continuing quantitative easing programmes have contributed to the lack of volatility in the US Treasury bond market, which is at a three-year low.

Has Argentina confirmed that the bond bull market is well and truly over?

Serial defaulter Argentina has issued a 100-year bond. Investors beware, says John Stepek. It’s the sort of thing you can only get away with at the top of the market.

A high-risk deadbeat bond

Investors have piled into Argentina’s latest dodgy debt issuance. But who would buy this stuff, asks John Stepek.

Argentina's high-risk deadbeat bond

Economic basket-case and serial defaulter Argentina has issued a 100-year bond. But who on earth would buy it?

A dangerous mix is brewing

With inflation creeping up, investors should be on their guard, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Gilts will have to get off the fence

Gilt yields have been steady for a while now, says Alice Gråhns. But that can’t last much longer.

High-yield bonds are heading back to junk

Yields on high-yield bonds have fallen so far in Europe that they are lower than the dividend yield available on equities.

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