Government bonds

Get set for rising bond yields

Interest-rate rises may be closer than we think, and the 35-year bond bull market could soon be over, says one analyst.

Bond bubble hisses air

Events in the bond markets this week are a reminder of how overstretched bond prices are and how investors are unlikely to make money from them.

No matter which way the bond bull market ends, it’s going to get ugly

The great bond bull market may have finally hit a turning point. And there are just two ways for it to end, says John Stepek: badly, or very badly.

The assets to buy now – September 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

Zero-coupon perpetual bonds: this April Fool is no joke

When the US Treasury considered zero-coupon perpetual bonds years ago, it was greeted as a joke. Not now, says Edward Chancellor.

One more reason to hold gold

Forget about central banks not having a plan, says Cris Sholto Heaton. Investors will come to realise they haven’t got a clue.

Bonds move in mysterious ways

Contrary to custom, bond and stock prices are hitting records at the same time in America.

How low can bond yields go?

Nobody buys bonds at these levels thinking they are attractive. So who is buying, asks Andrew Van Sickle.

South Africa avoids junk status – for now

Last week S&P threatened to downgrade South African debt to junk status. In the event, it didn’t. But a downgrade looks “almost inevitable”.

Bonds are clearly in a bubble – but when will it burst?

With more and more government debt trading on negative yields, the bond bubble continues to swell. John Stepek looks at what could prompt it to burst.

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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.