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.


The charts that matter: if the dollar stays strong, everything else will stay weak

The US dollar doesn’t look like weakening anytime soon. John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter most to the global economy.

The charts that matter: introducing the terrors of the yield curve

The inverted yield curve is the latest spectre to terrify financial markets. John Stepek explains what t is, and looks at the rest of the charts that matter most to the global economy.

The credit boom is on borrowed time

In 2008, US subprime mortgage loans triggered the financial crisis. Now, worried eyes are turning to record high corporate debt.

Keep your eye on the yield curve

Brexit is hogging all the headlines, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But for investors, there’s something more interesting going on in the bond market.

The charts that matter: Powell takes a telling from Trump

In a week when the US Federal Reserve turned dovish on interest rates, John Sepek looks at what that means to the global economy’s most important charts

The charts that matter: crypto cracks

As the cryptocurrency bitcoin continued to crash this week, John Stepek looks at the charts the matter to the global economy to see where things might go next.

Scott Minerd: the collapse in corporate credit

The slide and collapse in investment-grade credit has begun, says Scott Minerd, chief investment officer of Guggenheim Partners.

Is this the beginning of the end for bond markets?

The corporate bond market has had its worst year since 2008. And it doesn’t look like things are going to get much better John Stepek explains what’s going on.

The charts that matter: the cracks in the market are showing

Gold has had a reasonable week, but most other assets are selling off. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter to see where the global economy might be going next.

Beware of the risks when investing in mini bonds

Don’t be swayed by impressive interest rates and fun perks, says Ruth Jackson. Mini bonds aren’t as good an investment as they look.

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