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.


Zero-coupon perpetual bonds: this April Fool is no joke

When the US Treasury considered zero-coupon perpetual bonds years ago, it was greeted as a joke. Not now, says Edward Chancellor.

One more reason to hold gold

Forget about central banks not having a plan, says Cris Sholto Heaton. Investors will come to realise they haven’t got a clue.

Bonds move in mysterious ways

Contrary to custom, bond and stock prices are hitting records at the same time in America.

The assets to buy now – July 2016

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.

Abby Joseph Cohen: optimistic on Wall Street

Wall Street strategist Abby Joseph Cohen is keen on the US economy. But the bond market is another matter.

How low can bond yields go?

Nobody buys bonds at these levels thinking they are attractive. So who is buying, asks Andrew Van Sickle.

South Africa avoids junk status – for now

Last week S&P threatened to downgrade South African debt to junk status. In the event, it didn’t. But a downgrade looks “almost inevitable”.

Bonds are clearly in a bubble – but when will it burst?

With more and more government debt trading on negative yields, the bond bubble continues to swell. John Stepek looks at what could prompt it to burst.

Bill Gross: bearish on bonds

Investment guru Bill Gross sees tough times ahead for corporate bonds.

Beat flatlining interest rates with the 5% solution

The “new normal” of below 2% is bad news for income-orientated investors – but accept a bit of risk and there’s still money to be made, says David C Stevenson.

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