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.


Argentina's high-risk deadbeat bond

Economic basket-case and serial defaulter Argentina has issued a 100-year bond. But who on earth would buy it?

A dangerous mix is brewing

With inflation creeping up, investors should be on their guard, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Gilts will have to get off the fence

Gilt yields have been steady for a while now, says Alice Gråhns. But that can’t last much longer.

High-yield bonds are heading back to junk

Yields on high-yield bonds have fallen so far in Europe that they are lower than the dividend yield available on equities.

A 5% yield from a solid issuer

Oliver Butt explains why a new retail bond from Burford Capital is an attractive opportunity.

How today’s two biggest investment fads are setting up the next crash

That bonds are so overvalued spells trouble for investors, says John Stepek. But thanks to the passive investing hype, that trouble could be about to turn into a disaster.

How hard could the bond market crash?

There are clouds gathering over the bond market, says John Stepek. For such a “risk-free” investment, there could be a painful landing.

Should you buy the new NS&I bond?

Ruth Jackson looks into whether you should put your money into the new fixed-rate savings bond from National Savings & Investments (NS&I).

Time to ditch premium bonds?

It’s staggering how many people in Britain own premium bonds, says Ruth Jackson. But are there better bets elsewhere?

Bonds still have a role

Professional investor Alexis Gray believes that bonds can still offer a great deal of value in a portfolio, even with interest rates so low.

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