Government bonds

Interest rates around the world are quietly creeping higher – why?

The cost of borrowing for governments around the world is creeping higher. John Stepek explains why that’s so important for investors.

The charts that matter: the tug of war continues

As the US Federal Reserve backs off, John Stepek looks at how quantitative tightening is affecting the global economy’s most important charts.

Stash your cash in bond ETFs

A savings account isn’t always practical. Here’s what to do with the cash in your portfolio.

The charts that matter: the V-shaped rally stalls

As the stockmarket rally peters out, John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to see where we might go from here.

Why we believe in convertible bonds for 2019

A convertible bond is a fixed-rate instrument that can convert into shares at a specific share price, which is preset by the issuing company at a premium over the current share price.

Could 2019 see the beginning of the end for the US dollar?

The US defaulting on its debt is almost unthinkable. But with Trump in charge, it’s a tiny bit more thinkable than it was. And that would have disastrous consequences for the dollar.

This was the most important event for markets in 2018

Forget the year’s political shenanigans. They’ve been largely irrelevant to the markets. The one thing driving the markets this year was Jerome Powell’s appointment as chair of the Fed. Here’s why.

Markets get a sinking feeling: maybe the “Powell put” doesn’t exist

The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, did what it always said it was going to do and raised interest rates. Markets promptly threw a fit. John Stepek explains why.

Keep your eye on the yield curve

Brexit is hogging all the headlines, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But for investors, there’s something more interesting going on in the bond market.

Why the strong US jobs data could be bad news for investors

US companies are employing more people than ever, and wages are rising. That’s good for American workers, but not so good for the stockmarkets. John Stepek explains why.

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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.