No matter how ramshackle or indebted the country, buying its bonds is rarely a bad idea, says Matthew Lynn.
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 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.
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?
You can profit as the bond bull turns, says John Stepek. But be careful you don’t get trampled.
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”.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Investors have been talking about the end of the bond bull market for years. But it hasn’t materialised – until now.