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.


Chart of the week: Portugal’s remarkable recovery

At the height of Portugal’s debt crisis in 2011, it cost Lisbon considerably more to borrow over ten years than Rome. Not anymore.

The biggest threat to investors in 2018 – the return of inflation

Many investors’ fear a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. But the biggest threat to your portfolio is the return of inflation. John Stepek explains the damage it would do.

The charts that matter: Yellen bows out with neither bang nor whimper

Janet Yellen ended her reign at the Fed with an interest-rate rise that set no pulses racing, but disappointed nobody either.

Trump will burst the bond bubble

After months of bluster, the administration finally appears on the verge of passing a significant piece of legislation that could affect the bond market.

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.

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