Government bonds

What we can learn from the bond market crash of the late 1960s

John Stepek casts an eye back to the slow, painful bond market crash of 1967-71 to see what investors can learn about the current bond bubble.

A worrying sign in bonds

Austria’s century-long bond has proved extremely popular. But as John Stepek explains, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Iraq’s bubbly $1bn bond sale

When it comes to overpriced government bonds, we thought we had seen it all. But Iraq’s $1bn bond sale is the epitome of a credit bubble.

Bond bubble? What bond bubble?

Investors have snapped up Iraqi government bonds yielding just 6.75%. If they’ll ignore the obvious risks for such a small return, asks John Stepek, what else are they ignoring?

Chart of the week: Japan’s battle to hold down bond yields

The Bank of Japan has already bought vast amounts of Japanese government bonds over the past four years as part of its plan to lift Japan’s inflation rate to around 2%.

What if you had a bubble in the most boring market in the world?

Many people think there’s no bubble in the bond market because investors aren’t excited enough. But boring markets can crash just as heavily as exciting ones, says John Stepek.

Hugh Hendry: Macron's victory will see bond yields rise

Macron’s win is a victory for the status quo, says Hugh Hendry, which mans European sovereign bon yields will start to rise.

America’s becalmed bond market

The world’s continuing quantitative easing programmes have contributed to the lack of volatility in the US Treasury bond market, which is at a three-year low.

Has Argentina confirmed that the bond bull market is well and truly over?

Serial defaulter Argentina has issued a 100-year bond. Investors beware, says John Stepek. It’s the sort of thing you can only get away with at the top of the market.

A high-risk deadbeat bond

Investors have piled into Argentina’s latest dodgy debt issuance. But who would buy this stuff, asks John Stepek.

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How gilts work and why they matter

Ed Bowsher takes a look at UK government bonds – how they work, why they are important, and whether you should invest in them.