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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.


The five forecasts every investor should heed in 2017

After the political upheavals of 2016, a period of profound social and economic change is upon us. John Stepek looks at the big trends investors must be ready for next year.

Italy heads for euro exit

Italy used to be able to gain breathing space by letting its currency depreciate. Now that it’s part of the single currency, it can’t.

Investing in the era of Trumpflation

Charlie Morris tells Merryn Somerset Webb what has and hasn’t changed for investors as a result of Donald Trump’s victory, and what to do about it.

Long bonds’ long fall

Bond markets have borne the brunt of the Trump victory amid a jump in inflation expectations and high valuations. The worst falls have been in long-dated government bonds.

How Trump's presidency could boost Japanese stocks

Donald Trump’s presidency could spell the end of the global bond bull market. But there’s one asset it could be very good for, says John Stepek: Japanese stocks.

Trump’s victory marks the last gasp for the bond bull market

Donald Trump’s victory in the US election marks the end of an era, says John Stepek. Here’s what it means for the markets, and for you.

Is the bond bull market almost over?

Could this finally be the end of the bond bull market, after a 35-year run? If it is, get ready for a big shift in the investment landscape.

Do you own long-term bonds? You might want to think about selling

With inflation on the horizon, holders of long-term bonds could be badly stung by “duration risk”. John Stepek explains what that is, and why it might be time to sell.

Could Saudi Arabia’s massive debt issue mark the top for the bond market?

Saudi Arabia’s record-breaking bond sale was the biggest-ever issue of emerging-market debt. We could just have seen the top of the bond market, says John Stepek.

Steer clear of oil junk bonds

Energy companies may be in much better shape that they were, but their revival in the junk-bond market is merely inflating a massive bubble further.

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