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.


The nasty slump in junk bonds

Junk-bond yields are falling to record lows, reflecting rising prices, as investors indulge in a desperate search for yield.

Junk-bond investors are getting jittery – do they know something we don’t?

Investors are pulling money out of junk bond funds and US companies are scrapping new issues. John Stepek looks at what’s rattled the market.

Three unusual bonds for large investors

Oliver Butt sets out three bonds that offer both a high return for big spenders.

Jeffrey Gundlach: The new bond king strikes back

A custodian of some $111bn, Jeffrey Gundlach has been waging a one-man campaign against The Wall Street Journal.

What we can learn from the bond market crash of the late 1960s

John Stepek casts an eye back to the slow, painful bond market crash of 1967-71 to see what investors can learn about the current bond bubble.

A worrying sign in bonds

Austria’s century-long bond has proved extremely popular. But as John Stepek explains, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Get bigger profits from mini bonds

In the past year we’ve seen a steady rise in quality mini-bonds, says David C Stevenson, as reputable alternative asset managers move in with asset-backed propositions.

Tempting punts on a troubled business

The latest profit warning from Provident Financial looks like an almighty mess, but its retail bonds may have fallen further than is justified.

Markets aren't pricing in a political panic

Ray Dalio, the world’s top hedge fund manager, is reining in his horns, says John Stepek. Not because of the markets – but because of politics.

Iraq’s bubbly $1bn bond sale

When it comes to overpriced government bonds, we thought we had seen it all. But Iraq’s $1bn bond sale is the epitome of a credit bubble.

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