Government bonds

Chart of the week: a tale of two century bonds

Investors keep buying Argentinian debt even though they really should know better. The price of Argentina’s century bond has slumped by 45% as concern over the latest debt crisis has [...]

It makes sense to lend to governments

No matter how ramshackle or indebted the country, buying its bonds is rarely a bad idea, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: US jobless figures finally hit a fresh low

The four-week moving average of weekly US jobless claims fell to 207,000, the lowest level in nearly 50 years. John Stepek looks at the chart as well as all of the others that matter most to investors.

What is the yield curve saying?

An inverted yield curve usually means a recession lies ahead. Is this time different? And does it matter? John Stepek explains.

The charts that matter: have recession rumours been overstated?

With the “yield curve” bouncing back nicely, does that mean the risk of a recession is receding? To find out, John Stepek looks to the charts that matter most to the global economy. 

Latest recession scare is a false alarm

Markets have been spooked by the inversion of the US bond yield curve, which often – but not always – heralds a recession.

Are bond yields heading for new lows?

Government bond yields are turning negative. John Stepek looks at why people would pay to borrow from governments, and what it means for the markets and for your money.

A genuinely scary moment for markets

Markets took fright on Friday after the US Treasury bond “yield curve” inverted. John Stepek explains what that means, and why markets fear we could be heading for a recession.

Interest rates around the world are quietly creeping higher – why?

The cost of borrowing for governments around the world is creeping higher. John Stepek explains why that’s so important for investors.

The charts that matter: the tug of war continues

As the US Federal Reserve backs off, John Stepek looks at how quantitative tightening is affecting the global economy’s most important charts.

Stash your cash in bond ETFs

A savings account isn’t always practical. Here’s what to do with the cash in your portfolio.

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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.