Investing in bonds

Bond market signals gloom ahead

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The bond market has a much better record than the stockmarket of predicting economic downturns. And last week, yields on ten-year US Treasury notes dipped as low as 2.37%.

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: a short-lived panic – or something deeper?

John Stepek looks at whether the charts that matter most to the global economy point to the market fall being just a blip, or if this is something more serious.

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.

Why rising US bond yields really matter for markets

Everyone’s eyes are on US bond yields right now. John Stepek explains why they matter so much to the world’s markets, and which assets are most vulnerable.

The charts that matter: US bonds make a break for it

With the US economy continuing to grow apace, John Stepek looks at all the charts that matter, including the all important bond yields.

Rising US bond yields could spell the end of an era

US bond yields are on the rise, and the easy-money good times will soon be gone. When the markets catch up with that fact, things could get ugly.

Markets are cyclical – but how can you tell where we are in the cycle?

Everyone knows markets move in cycles. But nobody knows exactly when the cycle will turn. John Stepek looks at where we might be now, and what that means for you.

The charts that matter: Italy and Tesla spring surprises

In a week when the bond-market action turned to Europe and the SEC turned its sights on Tesla CEO Elon Musk, John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Why investors shouldn’t ignore the trouble brewing in the bond market

Matthew Partridge talks to Simon Fasdal of Saxo Bank about the latest developments in the bond markets, and what they mean for investors.

Ten years on, the debt bubble is bigger than ever

Ten years after a financial crisis caused by too much debt, the world has an even higher debt load.

Corporate debt: the big bubble to watch now

Ten years on from Lehman Brothers, where does the biggest risk lie? On corporate balance sheets.

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