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.


What is the yield curve, and why is it making investors nervous?

The yield curve for US Treasury bonds –the gap between long-term and short-term interest rates – is narrowing. John Stepek explains why that matters, and what it means for the markets.

How Donald Trump could finally pop the bond bubble

Donald Trump’s tax cuts is a big loosening of fiscal policy. But it’s the wrong time for that approach, says John Stepek. It could spark a bear market in bonds.

A tremor in China’s bonds

China’s bond market is far more important than the Chinese Stockmarket. And it may be time to start worrying.

The nasty slump in junk bonds

Junk-bond yields are falling to record lows, reflecting rising prices, as investors indulge in a desperate search for yield.

Junk-bond investors are getting jittery – do they know something we don’t?

Investors are pulling money out of junk bond funds and US companies are scrapping new issues. John Stepek looks at what’s rattled the market.

Three unusual bonds for large investors

Oliver Butt sets out three bonds that offer both a high return for big spenders.

Jeffrey Gundlach: The new bond king strikes back

A custodian of some $111bn, Jeffrey Gundlach has been waging a one-man campaign against The Wall Street Journal.

What we can learn from the bond market crash of the late 1960s

John Stepek casts an eye back to the slow, painful bond market crash of 1967-71 to see what investors can learn about the current bond bubble.

Here’s what happened the last time the bond market crashed

John Stepek looks back to the “great bond massacre” of 1994 to find out what we can learn about today’s bond bubble.

A worrying sign in bonds

Austria’s century-long bond has proved extremely popular. But as John Stepek explains, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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