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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.


An unusual way to boost your income

Enhanced income funds can earn investors higher income without taking on added risk. Sarah Moore explains how they work.

Should you buy Harlequins rugby club mini-bonds?

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?

How risky are your bonds?

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.

Chart of the week: steer clear of Ireland's optimistic 100-year bond

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.

Africa’s bond bonanza subsides

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.

The assets to buy now – April 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.

Japan set for more stimulus

Expect the Bank of Japan to cut interest rates again and increase its monthly government bond purchases.

All you need to know about bonds

In the latest of our beginner’s guides to investing, Merryn Somerset Webb explains the basics of bonds.

What to avoid and what to buy as inflation makes a comeback

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.

The assets to buy now – March 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

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