Corporate bonds

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.

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.

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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.