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.


Is this the beginning of the end for bond markets?

The corporate bond market has had its worst year since 2008. And it doesn’t look like things are going to get much better John Stepek explains what’s going on.

The charts that matter: the cracks in the market are showing

Gold has had a reasonable week, but most other assets are selling off. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter to see where the global economy might be going next.

Beware of the risks when investing in mini bonds

Don’t be swayed by impressive interest rates and fun perks, says Ruth Jackson. Mini bonds aren’t as good an investment as they look.

Why the strong US jobs data could be bad news for investors

US companies are employing more people than ever, and wages are rising. That’s good for American workers, but not so good for the stockmarkets. John Stepek explains why.

The charts that matter: is there one last gasp left in the bull market?

John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to if they can shed any light on the direction of the world’s markets.

The charts that matter: the market is on the turn

The volatility in global markets has continued this week. John Stepek looks to the charts that matter to get an idea of just what’s going on.

Interest rates are rising – time to change strategy

The recent wobble in markets was largely down to one thing – rising interest rates. John Stepek looks at what it means for your portfolio.

Art, tech stocks and the financial canary’s last gasp

From art to tech stocks, things are changing fast in the financial world, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And it’s all down to rising bond yields.

The charts that matter: a short-lived panic – or something deeper?

John Stepek looks at whether the charts that matter most to the global economy point to the market fall being just a blip, or if this is something more serious.

Here’s what happened the last time the bond market crashed

John Stepek looks back to the “great bond massacre” of 1994 to find out what we can learn about today’s bond bubble.

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