Investing in bonds

Push for profits

Invest with the activists to earn higher returns, says Matthew Partridge

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.


How today’s two biggest investment fads are setting up the next crash

That bonds are so overvalued spells trouble for investors, says John Stepek. But thanks to the passive investing hype, that trouble could be about to turn into a disaster.

How hard could the bond market crash?

There are clouds gathering over the bond market, says John Stepek. For such a “risk-free” investment, there could be a painful landing.

Should you buy the new NS&I bond?

Ruth Jackson looks into whether you should put your money into the new fixed-rate savings bond from National Savings & Investments (NS&I).

Time to ditch premium bonds?

It’s staggering how many people in Britain own premium bonds, says Ruth Jackson. But are there better bets elsewhere?

Bonds still have a role

Professional investor Alexis Gray believes that bonds can still offer a great deal of value in a portfolio, even with interest rates so low.

The interest rate that really matters for investors

Inflation in the US is at a five-year high and much higher than interest rates are at the moment. John Stepek explains what that means for your investments.

French election unnerves investors

The worry that François Fillon, the centre-right candidate, has fatally damaged his bid for the presidency has sent French bond prices down to an 18-month low.

What to take with you in the investment jungle

Both inflation and growth are picking up – and that’s a “jungle” for investors. Charlie Morris explains what you should buy now.

Based abroad? Avoid portfolio bonds

If you’re an expat expecting to return to the UK, you might be offered portfolio bonds. But as David Prosser explains, they’re rarely a good idea.

Will this bull market end with a whimper – or a catastrophic bang?

US stocks are expensive, but they’re not in bubble territory yet. Unfortunately, one far more important asset class is, says John Stepek. And when it collapses, it could pull everything down with it.

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