The emerging-markets debt crisis
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva
Emerging markets

The emerging-markets debt crisis

Slowing global growth, surging inflation and rising interest rates are squeezing emerging economies harder than most. Are we on the brink of a major c…
30 Apr 2022
Why food and fuel subsidies will push up debt
Protesters against cost of living increases
Global Economy

Why food and fuel subsidies will push up debt

Many governments have adopted subsidies or tax breaks to shield households and businesses from rising food and fuel prices. But that's just causing go…
28 Apr 2022
The bond-market bloodbath isn’t over yet
Traders at the New York Stock Exchange
Government bonds

The bond-market bloodbath isn’t over yet

The bond-market sell-off isn’t done by along chalk – rising interest-rates could yet push yields higher.
28 Apr 2022
The truth about market manipulation
Jeweller inspecting a diamond
Investment strategy

The truth about market manipulation

Free, fair and transparent markets are a fiction. Investors need to be alert to the flaws, says Jonathan Compton.
28 Apr 2022
Why France's soaring debt is a real risk no matter who is president
Emmanuel Macron
EU Economy

Why France's soaring debt is a real risk no matter who is president

The result of France's presidential election matters less than the state of its public finances, says Matthew Lynn
24 Apr 2022
The bond bubble has burst – what comes next?
Government bonds

The bond bubble has burst – what comes next?

Investors in government debt have seen some of their biggest ever losses as the bond bubble bursts. John Stepek explains what’s going on and asks what…
19 Apr 2022
The yield curve has inverted- what is it telling investors?
Bonds

The yield curve has inverted- what is it telling investors?

The US yield curve inverted for the first time since 2019, typically a sign that a recession is looming. Alex Rankine explains why this time may be di…
1 Apr 2022
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What the collapse in the yen and surging bond yields have in common
Government bonds

What the collapse in the yen and surging bond yields have in common

As bond yields surge, the Japanese yen – often seen as a “safe haven” investment – is falling in value. And that’s confusing investors. John Stepek ex…
28 Mar 2022
Yield curve fear is back
Government bonds

Yield curve fear is back

One of the most reliable recession indicators in markets is starting to flash red. Investors should beware
28 Mar 2022
Yield curve
Government bonds

Yield curve

A yield curve shows the relationship between the yield on securities and their maturities (how long it is until they can be redeemed at their face val…
9 Mar 2022
An end to investing in Russia
European stockmarkets

An end to investing in Russia

Foreign investors have abandoned Russian markets - and index compiler MSCI could remove it altogether from its stock and bond benchmarks.
4 Mar 2022
Bond investors bet on interest-rate rises
Government bonds

Bond investors bet on interest-rate rises

The yield on ten-year US Treasury bonds has risen above 2% for the first time since 2019 as investors bet interest rates will continue to rise.
18 Feb 2022
Nature is healing – government bond yields are turning positive again
Government bonds

Nature is healing – government bond yields are turning positive again

Negative bond yields are finally coming to an end as central banks change tack. But can the markets cope? John Stepek looks at what might come next.
4 Feb 2022
Bank of England raises interest rates to 0.5% and stops money-printing programme
UK Economy

Bank of England raises interest rates to 0.5% and stops money-printing programme

The Bank of England has raised the key UK interest rate again – by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5%. It's also going to cut back on its quantit…
3 Feb 2022
Which assets will benefit as the “jam tomorrow” bubble pops?
Investment strategy

Which assets will benefit as the “jam tomorrow” bubble pops?

With tech stocks, cryptocurrencies and many other “long duration” investments crashing hard, the “jam tomorrow” bubble looks to be bursting. John Step…
24 Jan 2022
Tech stocks teeter as US Treasury bond yields rise
Tech stocks

Tech stocks teeter as US Treasury bond yields rise

The realisation that central banks are about to tighten their monetary policies caused a sell-off in the tech-heavy Nasdaq stock index and the biggest…
14 Jan 2022
The charts that matter: markets start the year with a crash
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets start the year with a crash

As markets start 2022 with a big selloff, here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
8 Jan 2022
Interest rates might rise faster than expected – what does that mean for your money?
Global Economy

Interest rates might rise faster than expected – what does that mean for your money?

The idea that the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates much earlier than anticipated has upset the markets. John Stepek explains why, and wha…
6 Jan 2022
The charts that matter: Fed becomes more hawkish
Economy

The charts that matter: Fed becomes more hawkish

Gold rose meanwhile the US dollar fell after a key Fed meeting. Here’s what else happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
18 Dec 2021
The charts that matter: a tough week for bitcoin
Economy

The charts that matter: a tough week for bitcoin

Cryptocurrency bitcoin slid by some 20% this week. Here’s what else happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
11 Dec 2021
Evergrande has finally officially defaulted – what does that mean for your money?
Corporate bonds

Evergrande has finally officially defaulted – what does that mean for your money?

Evergrande, the Chinese property giant, has defaulted on its debts. John Stepek asks if it is just the first in a long line of Chinese property compan…
10 Dec 2021
I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

When thinking of investing many people automatically think of the stockmarket. But there is another market – the bond market. So what exactly is a bon…
7 Dec 2021