Corporate bonds

Two oil bonds for adventurous investors

Two once-bedraggled oil exploration and production firms have issued bonds that promise investors a chunky yield. But they’re definitely not for the nervous, says David C Stevenson.

Chart of the week: irrational exuberance over junk bonds

The yield on a widely watched index of European junk bonds has hit record lows (reflecting soaring prices), slipping below the dividend yield on the MSCI Europe equity index.

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.

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.

These social housing bonds are a solid place to park your money

This social housing bond could be a good place to park your money if capital preservation is of primary importance, says Oliver Butt.

Avoid this “Brexit Bond”

The Family Building Society is offering a new fixed-rate “Brexit Bond”. But it’s best to steer clear, says Ruth Jackson.

High-yield bonds are heading back to junk

Yields on high-yield bonds have fallen so far in Europe that they are lower than the dividend yield available on equities.

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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.