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 [...]

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.

Do you own long-term bonds? You might want to think about selling

With inflation on the horizon, holders of long-term bonds could be badly stung by “duration risk”. John Stepek explains what that is, and why it might be time to sell.

Could Saudi Arabia’s massive debt issue mark the top for the bond market?

Saudi Arabia’s record-breaking bond sale was the biggest-ever issue of emerging-market debt. We could just have seen the top of the bond market, says John Stepek.

The bond bubble meets a pin

After a 35-year bull market, signs of a major turnaround are mounting in the bond market.

Central banks welcome inflation – what does that mean for bonds?

Central bankers are hoping that a little inflation could heal some of the damage caused by the Great Recession. But that won’t make bond investors happy, says John Stepek.

Italy’s 50-year bond madness

Italy’s sale of its first 50-year bond attracted €18.5bn of orders, far more than the government had expected.

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.

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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.

 

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