Government bonds

America’s becalmed bond market

The world’s continuing quantitative easing programmes have contributed to the lack of volatility in the US Treasury bond market, which is at a three-year low.

Has Argentina confirmed that the bond bull market is well and truly over?

Serial defaulter Argentina has issued a 100-year bond. Investors beware, says John Stepek. It’s the sort of thing you can only get away with at the top of the market.

A high-risk deadbeat bond

Investors have piled into Argentina’s latest dodgy debt issuance. But who would buy this stuff, asks John Stepek.

A dangerous mix is brewing

With inflation creeping up, investors should be on their guard, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Gilts will have to get off the fence

Gilt yields have been steady for a while now, says Alice Gråhns. But that can’t last much longer.

How today’s two biggest investment fads are setting up the next crash

That bonds are so overvalued spells trouble for investors, says John Stepek. But thanks to the passive investing hype, that trouble could be about to turn into a disaster.

How hard could the bond market crash?

There are clouds gathering over the bond market, says John Stepek. For such a “risk-free” investment, there could be a painful landing.

Time to ditch premium bonds?

It’s staggering how many people in Britain own premium bonds, says Ruth Jackson. But are there better bets elsewhere?

Bonds still have a role

Professional investor Alexis Gray believes that bonds can still offer a great deal of value in a portfolio, even with interest rates so low.

French election unnerves investors

The worry that François Fillon, the centre-right candidate, has fatally damaged his bid for the presidency has sent French bond prices down to an 18-month low.

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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.