Investing in bonds

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.


Italy is testing Mario Draghi to step in and do “whatever it takes”

The Greek debt crisis was contained because the ECB vowed to do “whatever it takes” to backstop things. John Stepek asks if it’s prepared to do the same with Italy.

One area of financial markets where ETFs could prove very disruptive

Some people argue that ETFs undermine the structure of the stockmarket. That’s not really true, says John Stepek. But they could spark trouble in another area of the markets.

Corporate bonds: where the next financial crisis will start

The next financial crisis could start in corporate bonds, as credit quality has deteriorated over the past few years and decades.

This could be the end of the longest-running trend in your financial lifetime

The decades-long bond bull market could well be over. But it won’t end quietly. Investment strategies that have worked for years, no longer will. John Stepek explains what happens next.

Investors rush for the exits in Argentina

Last summer, investors were happy to snap up Argentina’s 100-year government bond despite continual political turbulence and a lousy credit history. Now, they can’t find the exit door fast enough.

Argentina’s woes show that faith alone will no longer prop up markets

Argentina’s currency is collapsing, just a year after its government borrowed billions on the debt markets. John Stepek looks at what we can learn from Argentina’s fall from grace.

Bond yields give mixed messages

The gap between the yield on US ten-year Treasury bonds and the yield on two-year bonds is a mere 0.5 – the narrowest it’s been since 2007. What should we make of this?

We could be heading for a golden age – or a return to the 1970s

As the bond bull market recedes, government bond yields are heading upwards. John Stepek explains what that means for the global economy, and where things could go from here.

An alternative moneymaker from property

Investors looking for a higher yield from property should consider this bond from LendInvest, says David Stevenson.

How to bet on falling bonds

You can profit as the bond bull turns, says John Stepek. But be careful you don’t get trampled.

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