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: the European Central Bank’s handbrake turn

With the ECB throwing in the towel on tightening fiscal policy, John Stepek looks at what effect this has had on the charts that matter most to markets and the global economy.

Interest rates around the world are quietly creeping higher – why?

The cost of borrowing for governments around the world is creeping higher. John Stepek explains why that’s so important for investors.

The charts that matter: is the tide starting to turn?

The yield curve has perked up ever so slightly. John Stepek looks at what this and the global economy’s other most important charts mean for the markets.

The charts that matter: the tug of war continues

As the US Federal Reserve backs off, John Stepek looks at how quantitative tightening is affecting the global economy’s most important charts.

Stash your cash in bond ETFs

A savings account isn’t always practical. Here’s what to do with the cash in your portfolio.

The charts that matter: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

The charts that matter: the V-shaped rally stalls

As the stockmarket rally peters out, John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to see where we might go from here.

Chart of the week: US corporate-debt bubble ready to burst

American consumers may have paid off some debt after the financial crisis, but the state and corporations went on a binge – total US non-financial corporate debt has hit a record of more than 46% of GDP.

The charts that matter: markets are waiting for a trade deal

Markets are starting to realise that any trade deal between China and the US may take some time. John Stepek looks at how this is affecting the global economy’s most important charts.

The charts that matter: investors are still wary, but they’re no longer panicking

The good news is that the charts aren’t pointing to a recession just yet, but they’re not far off, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at the charts that matter most to investors.

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