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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.


Iraq’s bubbly $1bn bond sale

When it comes to overpriced government bonds, we thought we had seen it all. But Iraq’s $1bn bond sale is the epitome of a credit bubble.

Bond bubble? What bond bubble?

Investors have snapped up Iraqi government bonds yielding just 6.75%. If they’ll ignore the obvious risks for such a small return, asks John Stepek, what else are they ignoring?

A first retail bond from a P2P platform

We’ve not had a retail bond from an alternative-finance firm, says David C Stevenson. That is, until now.

Chart of the week: Japan’s battle to hold down bond yields

The Bank of Japan has already bought vast amounts of Japanese government bonds over the past four years as part of its plan to lift Japan’s inflation rate to around 2%.

What if you had a bubble in the most boring market in the world?

Many people think there’s no bubble in the bond market because investors aren’t excited enough. But boring markets can crash just as heavily as exciting ones, says John Stepek.

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.

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