Corporate bonds

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.

Are you prepared for liquidity risk?

It’s easy to see how a sell-off in bonds might get out of hand, says Cris Sholto Heaton. Investors should take note.

The hidden risks of junk bonds

The higher yields on ‘junk’ bonds may be tempting, but are they worth the extra risk? Cris Sholto Heaton investigates.

Air escapes from the junk-bond bubble

Yields on high-risk corporate bonds plummeted to a record as prices have soared.

Convertible bonds give the best of both worlds - here are three to buy now

Corporate bonds that convert into shares at a certain price can be a great compromise for investors worried about risk. Analyst Maxime Perrin tips three.

Crowdcube: Earn 8% from a ‘burrito bond’

A chain of Mexican restaurants is hoping to raise £1m by offering ‘burrito bonds’ on the equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Ed Bowsher looks at whether it’s worth buying in.

This strategy could help to protect you from a bond market crash

Bonds look very expensive, but no one knows when the bubble might burst. Ed Bowsher looks at how you can get the diversification benefits of owning some bonds, without being wiped out if there’s a crash.

How to build a bond ladder

Reduce your risk to interest rate volatility by building a ‘bond ladder’ portfolio. Phil Oakley explains how.

The bond party is getting raucous

Rampant bond-buying could well end in a hangover for investors.

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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.