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 [...]

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.

Has the bond bear market finally started?

Bond yields have been falling for 35 years. Now, they could be about to turn. John Stepek explains what that means for the global economy, and for your money.

This is the year that central banks finally stop propping up markets

The US central bank has been cutting back on quantitative easing. But the ECB and Bank of Japan are still flooding the market with money. That could soon change.

Chart of the week: Portugal’s remarkable recovery

At the height of Portugal’s debt crisis in 2011, it cost Lisbon considerably more to borrow over ten years than Rome. Not anymore.

What is the yield curve, and why is it making investors nervous?

The yield curve for US Treasury bonds –the gap between long-term and short-term interest rates – is narrowing. John Stepek explains why that matters, and what it means for the markets.

How Donald Trump could finally pop the bond bubble

Donald Trump’s tax cuts is a big loosening of fiscal policy. But it’s the wrong time for that approach, says John Stepek. It could spark a bear market in bonds.

A tremor in China’s bonds

China’s bond market is far more important than the Chinese Stockmarket. And it may be time to start worrying.

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.

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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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