Investing in bonds

Bond market signals gloom ahead

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.


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.

A symptom of our quantitative-easing-addled world

That Saudi Arabian oil giant Saudi Aramco was able to borrow so cheaply on the markets is odd, says John Stepek.

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. 

The charts that matter – a ray of hope in the US employment data

As US unemployment falls again, John Stepek looks at what it means for the markets and the global economy, plus a rundown of the rest of the charts that matter the most.

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.

The charts that matter – the yield curve is dangerously close to inverting

The Federal Reserve’s renewed dovishness has had a dramatic effect on the yield curve. John Stepek explains what that means, and looks at the rest of the charts that matter most to the global economy

The charts that matter: Tesla hits a pothole

Electric-car group Tesla has had a rough week. John Stepek looks at what was behind it, and at the rest of the global economy’s most important charts.

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