Investing in bonds

Bond market signals gloom ahead

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The bond market has a much better record than the stockmarket of predicting economic downturns. And last week, yields on ten-year US Treasury notes dipped as low as 2.37%.

A beginner's guide to bonds

It's easy to become confused about bonds – the term covers a wide range of financial products. Here, Ed Bowsher explains the main types of bond.

How gilts work and why they matter

In this video, Ed takes a look at UK government bonds – how they work, why they are important, and whether you should invest in them.

How corporate bonds work

In his third video on bonds, Ed looks at how corporate bonds work, how risky they are, and whether or not they're a good investment for most people.


Chart of the week: irrational exuberance over junk bonds

The yield on a widely watched index of European junk bonds has hit record lows (reflecting soaring prices), slipping below the dividend yield on the MSCI Europe equity index.

When will the market freak out about rising bond yields?

With bond yields finally starting to rise, 2018 could be the “year of the bond fund” – but not in a good way. John Stepek explains why.

Now that the bond bull market is over, what comes next?

The bond bull market of the last 30-odd years is over. The question now, says John Stepek, is how high can bond yields go before the stockmarket gets jittery?

Does it matter if the US government shuts down?

US politicians’ wrangling about debt could lead to another government shutdown. But that’s just political showbiz, says John Stepek. The US Treasury has much more serious problems to worry about.

The bond bull market is finally over

Investors have been talking about the end of the bond bull market for years. But it hasn’t materialised – until now.

The charts that matter: watching for the canary in the coalmine

Inflation is likely to be the big issue of the year. Here, John Stepek looks at how the global economy is faring with the charts that matter.

Has the bond bear market finally started?

Bond yields have been falling for 35 years. Now, they could be about to turn. John Stepek explains what that means for the global economy, and for your money.

This is the year that central banks finally stop propping up markets

The US central bank has been cutting back on quantitative easing. But the ECB and Bank of Japan are still flooding the market with money. That could soon change.

Chart of the week: Portugal’s remarkable recovery

At the height of Portugal’s debt crisis in 2011, it cost Lisbon considerably more to borrow over ten years than Rome. Not anymore.

The biggest threat to investors in 2018 – the return of inflation

Many investors’ fear a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. But the biggest threat to your portfolio is the return of inflation. John Stepek explains the damage it would do.

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