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.


How to bet on falling bonds

You can profit as the bond bull turns, says John Stepek. But be careful you don’t get trampled.

Searching for a market top? Keep an eye out for mega-deals

The peak of virtually every market bubble has been heralded by some ludicrous, overblown, corporate mega-deal. John Stepek looks at what to watch out for this time.

Be cautious when seeking income

Mini-bonds are going out of fashion, says David C Stevenson. But they do still have some redeeming features.

Bill Gross: a turning point for bonds

Bill Gross of Janus Henderson reckons we’ve seen the turning point in bonds as the 35-year bear market “is starting to come out of hibernation”.

Stockmarkets have finally noticed the widening cracks in the bond market

Virtually every stockmarket in the world saw prices fall on Friday. John Stepek looks at what’s got them spooked, and asks: is this the start of something much bigger?

Two oil bonds for adventurous investors

Two once-bedraggled oil exploration and production firms have issued bonds that promise investors a chunky yield. But they’re definitely not for the nervous, says David C Stevenson.

Chart of the week: irrational exuberance over junk bonds

The yield on a widely watched index of European junk bonds has hit record lows (reflecting soaring prices), slipping below the dividend yield on the MSCI Europe equity index.

When will the market freak out about rising bond yields?

With bond yields finally starting to rise, 2018 could be the “year of the bond fund” – but not in a good way. John Stepek explains why.

Now that the bond bull market is over, what comes next?

The bond bull market of the last 30-odd years is over. The question now, says John Stepek, is how high can bond yields go before the stockmarket gets jittery?

Does it matter if the US government shuts down?

US politicians’ wrangling about debt could lead to another government shutdown. But that’s just political showbiz, says John Stepek. The US Treasury has much more serious problems to worry about.

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