That Saudi Arabian oil giant Saudi Aramco was able to borrow so cheaply on the markets is odd, says John Stepek.
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.
Investors are flocking to “leveraged loans”. John Stepek explains what they are and why they could send markets into a downward spiral.
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.
The next financial crisis could start in corporate bonds, as credit quality has deteriorated over the past few years and decades.
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.
Investors looking for a higher yield from property should consider this bond from LendInvest, says David Stevenson.
The peak of virtually every market bubble has been heralded by some ludicrous, overblown, corporate mega-deal. John Stepek looks at what to watch out for this time.
Mini-bonds are going out of fashion, says David C Stevenson. But they do still have some redeeming features.
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.
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.