Corporate bonds

The assets to buy now – September 2015

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s September’s take on the major asset classes.

Central bankers aren’t omnipotent – and that’s a big risk for markets today

Investors put a lot of faith in central bankers being able to control the markets. John Stepek explains why that’s a big mistake.

The best high-yielding corporate bonds

Professional investor James Foster picks three high-yielding corporate bonds to buy now

Chart of the week: is this the start of the bond crunch?

The commodities crunch is sparking problems in another market – junk bonds, as this chart shows.

Keep an eye on the rout in junk bonds – it could spread fast

There have been ugly scenes in the junk bond market. It could turn into a full-blown panic – and that would be very bad news for stocks, says John Stepek.

A war of words over junk bonds

Activist investor Carl Icahn has accused BlackRock of offering high-yield bond ETFs to investors who don’t understand the risks.

El Niño may topple bonds

Surprisingly, the El Niño weather phenomenon is often good for global growth, says John Stepek. And that means trouble for bonds.

Let’s get back to capitalism

It’s time for the government to let capitalism work as it should, and make us all better off, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The looming bond crunch

Since the financial crisis, banks have offloaded their bonds to funds. If bonds slip up, and the funds can’t sell, this will be dangerous for ordinary investors. Simon Wilson reports.

Two colourful but risky corporate bonds

Brewer Innis & Gunn and rugby club Wasps are looking to raise money directly from investors. Should you take up their offers? Cris Sholto Heaton investigates.

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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.