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.
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.
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.
Investors need not worry about who is or isn’t in charge of eurozone governments, says Matthew Lynn. As far as the markets are concerned, it makes no difference.
Enhanced income funds can earn investors higher income without taking on added risk. Sarah Moore explains how they work.
Twickenham rugby club Harlequins is to become the latest sports club to tap its supporters for cash when it issues a 5.5% mini-bond. But is it worth buying in?
There are two main risks when buying a bond. Matthew Partridge explains what they are, and how “duration” can help tell you if it’s a risky bet.
Ireland has issued a 100-year bond priced to yield 2.35%. But as this chart of British gilt yields over three centuries suggests, buying it might not be a terribly good idea.
In the past decade, 17 African countries have issued a dollar-denominated bond. But now the “bond bonanza” is subsiding, and Africa isn’t looking quite so creditworthy.
Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.
Expect the Bank of Japan to cut interest rates again and increase its monthly government bond purchases.
In the latest of our beginner’s guides to investing, Merryn Somerset Webb explains the basics of bonds.
With the war on deflation in full swing, the threat of inflation making a return is real. John Stepek explains the one asset to avoid – and one to buy.