Some people argue that ETFs undermine the structure of the stockmarket. That’s not really true, says John Stepek. But they could spark trouble in another area of the markets.
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.
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.
Investors have snapped up Iraqi government bonds yielding just 6.75%. If they’ll ignore the obvious risks for such a small return, asks John Stepek, what else are they ignoring?
We’ve not had a retail bond from an alternative-finance firm, says David C Stevenson. That is, until now.
The Bank of Japan has already bought vast amounts of Japanese government bonds over the past four years as part of its plan to lift Japan’s inflation rate to around 2%.
Many people think there’s no bubble in the bond market because investors aren’t excited enough. But boring markets can crash just as heavily as exciting ones, says John Stepek.
Macron’s win is a victory for the status quo, says Hugh Hendry, which mans European sovereign bon yields will start to rise.
This social housing bond could be a good place to park your money if capital preservation is of primary importance, says Oliver Butt.
The Family Building Society is offering a new fixed-rate “Brexit Bond”. But it’s best to steer clear, says Ruth Jackson.
The world’s continuing quantitative easing programmes have contributed to the lack of volatility in the US Treasury bond market, which is at a three-year low.
Serial defaulter Argentina has issued a 100-year bond. Investors beware, says John Stepek. It’s the sort of thing you can only get away with at the top of the market.
Investors have piled into Argentina’s latest dodgy debt issuance. But who would buy this stuff, asks John Stepek.