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: Tesla and Turkey

As Elon Musk surprises investors – and possibly the SEC – and Turkey’s woes worsen,John Stepek looks at what the charts that matter most to the global economy make of the week’s events.

The charts that matter: the Bank of Japan shakes up government bonds

As Japan raises its cap on government bond yields, John Stepek takes look at how that affects the charts that matter most to the global economy.

A turning point in the markets

This week – Tuesday in particular – could mark a significant a turning point in the markets, says John Stepek.

Where will the next financial crisis start?

The resurgence of “covenant lite” or “cov-lite” loans could spell trouble, says Marina Gerner.

Is the yield curve about to flip?

If the yield curve reverses and investors are willing to accept lower rates on long-term debt than short-term, it bodes ill for the economy, says John Stepek.

When Ben Bernanke says “don’t worry”, smart investors get nervous

The “inverted yield curve” is an unusually reliable indicator of impending recession. Ben Bernanke, former Fed chairman, thinks it’s nothing to worry about. He’s wrong, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The charts that matter: markets are getting nervous about global growth

John Stepek examines what effect investor concerns over global growth have had on the world’s most important charts.

What are leveraged loans and why should you worry about them?

Investors are flocking to “leveraged loans”. John Stepek explains what they are and why they could send markets into a downward spiral.

The charts that matter: the global growth jitters

John Stepek examines how concerns over Chinese growth have affect the global economy’s most important charts.

The charts that matter: it’s all about the US dollar

As the US dollar continues to bully the currency markets, John Stepek looks at all the other charts that matter to the global economy.

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