Government bonds

Italy is testing Mario Draghi to step in and do “whatever it takes”

The Greek debt crisis was contained because the ECB vowed to do “whatever it takes” to backstop things. John Stepek asks if it’s prepared to do the same with Italy.

This could be the end of the longest-running trend in your financial lifetime

The decades-long bond bull market could well be over. But it won’t end quietly. Investment strategies that have worked for years, no longer will. John Stepek explains what happens next.

Investors rush for the exits in Argentina

Last summer, investors were happy to snap up Argentina’s 100-year government bond despite continual political turbulence and a lousy credit history. Now, they can’t find the exit door fast enough.

Argentina’s woes show that faith alone will no longer prop up markets

Argentina’s currency is collapsing, just a year after its government borrowed billions on the debt markets. John Stepek looks at what we can learn from Argentina’s fall from grace.

Bond yields give mixed messages

The gap between the yield on US ten-year Treasury bonds and the yield on two-year bonds is a mere 0.5 – the narrowest it’s been since 2007. What should we make of this?

How to bet on falling bonds

You can profit as the bond bull turns, says John Stepek. But be careful you don’t get trampled.

Bill Gross: a turning point for bonds

Bill Gross of Janus Henderson reckons we’ve seen the turning point in bonds as the 35-year bear market “is starting to come out of hibernation”.

Stockmarkets have finally noticed the widening cracks in the bond market

Virtually every stockmarket in the world saw prices fall on Friday. John Stepek looks at what’s got them spooked, and asks: is this the start of something much bigger?

When will the market freak out about rising bond yields?

With bond yields finally starting to rise, 2018 could be the “year of the bond fund” – but not in a good way. John Stepek explains why.

Now that the bond bull market is over, what comes next?

The bond bull market of the last 30-odd years is over. The question now, says John Stepek, is how high can bond yields go before the stockmarket gets jittery?

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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.