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 share price.

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.

What to take with you in the investment jungle

Both inflation and growth are picking up – and that’s a “jungle” for investors. Charlie Morris explains what you should buy now.

Will this bull market end with a whimper – or a catastrophic bang?

US stocks are expensive, but they’re not in bubble territory yet. Unfortunately, one far more important asset class is, says John Stepek. And when it collapses, it could pull everything down with it.

The day the bond bull market died

2016 saw one of the most momentous investment events in a generation: the end of the bond bull market. John Stepek explains how to profit.

The five forecasts every investor should heed in 2017

After the political upheavals of 2016, a period of profound social and economic change is upon us. John Stepek looks at the big trends investors must be ready for next year.

Italy heads for euro exit

Italy used to be able to gain breathing space by letting its currency depreciate. Now that it’s part of the single currency, it can’t.

Long bonds’ long fall

Bond markets have borne the brunt of the Trump victory amid a jump in inflation expectations and high valuations. The worst falls have been in long-dated government bonds.

How Trump's presidency could boost Japanese stocks

Donald Trump’s presidency could spell the end of the global bond bull market. But there’s one asset it could be very good for, says John Stepek: Japanese stocks.

Is the bond bull market almost over?

Could this finally be the end of the bond bull market, after a 35-year run? If it is, get ready for a big shift in the investment landscape.

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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.