Government bonds

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 [...]

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?

Does it matter if the US government shuts down?

US politicians’ wrangling about debt could lead to another government shutdown. But that’s just political showbiz, says John Stepek. The US Treasury has much more serious problems to worry about.

The bond bull market is finally over

Investors have been talking about the end of the bond bull market for years. But it hasn’t materialised – until now.

The charts that matter: watching for the canary in the coalmine

Inflation is likely to be the big issue of the year. Here, John Stepek looks at how the global economy is faring with the charts that matter.

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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.

 

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