Corporate bonds

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.

Markets are cyclical – but how can you tell where we are in the cycle?

Everyone knows markets move in cycles. But nobody knows exactly when the cycle will turn. John Stepek looks at where we might be now, and what that means for you.

Corporate debt: the big bubble to watch now

Ten years on from Lehman Brothers, where does the biggest risk lie? On corporate balance sheets.

Where will the next financial crisis start?

The resurgence of “covenant lite” or “cov-lite” loans could spell trouble, says Marina Gerner.

Is the yield curve about to flip?

If the yield curve reverses and investors are willing to accept lower rates on long-term debt than short-term, it bodes ill for the economy, says John Stepek.

What are leveraged loans and why should you worry about them?

Investors are flocking to “leveraged loans”. John Stepek explains what they are and why they could send markets into a downward spiral.

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.

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.

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How corporate bonds work

Ed Bowsher looks at how corporate bonds work, how risky they are, and whether or not they're a good investment for most people.