Investing in bonds

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 great bond bubble revisited

A slide in bond yields this week has driven the yield curve lower. John Stepek looks at how this has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Bond yields are back at record lows – why are investors so scared?

Government bond yields have slumped to their lowest level ever as investors flee to the safety of sovereign debt. John Stepek explains what’s got everyone so worried.

The charts that matter: markets start to worry

With bond yields sliding this week as investors started to fret about global trade, John Stepek looks at the effect on the charts that matter most to the global economy.

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%.

The charts that matter: the trade war roars back with a vengeance

John Stepek looks at what the renewed threat of a US/China trade war means for the charts that matter most to the global economy.

The boom in dodgy US corporate debt

Investors are flocking back into CDOs – the debt instruments implicated in the financial crisis. But this time hedge funds have a new darling: corporate debt.

Never mind tariffs – here’s a scary thing that happened to markets this week

While investors were worrying about trade disputes and tariff hikes this week, the US bond markets threw up a nasty surprise. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and why it matters.

The charts that matter: the US economy shows no sign of wilting

The US economy looks in better shape than many thought this time last month.John Stepek looks at how it’s affecting the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Are bond fund managers smarter than equity fund managers?

Bond fund managers tend to beat their benchmarks more often than equity fund managers. But that doesn’t mean they’re all geniuses. John Stepek explains what’s behind the outperformance, and what it means for investors.

The charts that matter: the US economy’s big surprise

US economic growth absolutely hammered expectations for the first quarter. John Stepek looks at what that means to the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

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