Corporate bonds

Chart of the week: The only way is up for junk defaults

When interest rates finally start to rise, defaults are likely to pick up, with serious consequences for many investors in junk bonds.

When will the bond market bubble finally burst?

In their desperate efforts to find yields, investors have been gripped by bond mania. The big question, asks John Stepek, is when does it all end?

The big threat to bonds

Tighter rules governing banks’ bond holdings and debt-market activities could cause the next credit crunch.

Five of the best brokers for bonds in an Isa

If you’re investing in bonds – either directly or through bond funds – it makes sense to consider holding them in an Isa. Here are five of the best Isas for bonds.

When the bond bubble blows, it’ll take the stockmarket with it

The financial crisis in 2008 was a disaster caused by too much debt. But companies are borrowing more money now than they ever did back then. John Stepek looks at where it will all end.

Where to find value in bonds

Bonds are expensive. But as professional investor Kevin Corrigan explains, you can find value by stepping away form the herd.

The 12 worst investments of 2014, #11: Russian corporate bonds

Yields on Russian corporate bonds soared this year as billions of dollars’ worth of capital left the country in the wake of sanctions by the EU and US.

What will trigger the next big bust?

Credit markets are currently priced for perfection. But when the cycle turns, the fallout is likely to be severe.

The sliding oil price could be the next subprime crisis

The price of oil is collapsing. And if it continues to fall, it could trigger a wave of defaults in the US. John Stepek explains why.

Two bonds to buy now

Investors should take a diversified, global approach to buying bonds, says fund manager Charles Zerah. Here, he tips two to add to your portfolio.

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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.