Corporate bonds

“Zombie companies” may do little harm to the US economy
US Economy

“Zombie companies” may do little harm to the US economy

Fears that the US is being overrun by corporate zombies may be exaggerated.
2 Jul 2021
Markets believe that bankruptcy has been abolished – that’s not a good thing
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Markets believe that bankruptcy has been abolished – that’s not a good thing

The gap between corporate and government debt is collapsing, with investors demanding very little extra yield for taking on the risk of bankruptcy. T…
18 Jun 2021
Nasty surprises in Chinese corporate bonds
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Corporate bonds

Nasty surprises in Chinese corporate bonds

Beijing is allowing more state-owned firms to default on their debt, leading to some nasty surprises.
12 Dec 2020
Why an ESG approach is particularly suited to bond investors
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Why an ESG approach is particularly suited to bond investors

ESG investing, which focuses on the environmental, social and governance aspects of a business, is all the rage. David C Stevenson explains how bond i…
9 Nov 2020
Why you might want to add emerging market debt to your portfolio
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Why you might want to add emerging market debt to your portfolio

David Stevenson explores why, in our world of quantitative easing and negative yields, investors looking for positive yields should look at emerging m…
2 Nov 2020
Investing in bonds: what are fallen angels and why have they been such good investments?
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Investing in bonds: what are fallen angels and why have they been such good investments?

In the first of a series of articles on different aspects of investing in bonds, David explains what “fallen angels” – and what purpose they serve in …
28 Sep 2020
How investors got burned by Chilango's burrito bonds
Corporate bonds

How investors got burned by Chilango's burrito bonds

As investors in restaurant chain Chilango's burrito bonds face losing all their money, MoneyWeek’s warning to steer clear of mini-bonds proved prescie…
3 Aug 2020
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Collateralised debt: will it be 2008 all over again?
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Collateralised debt: will it be 2008 all over again?

Collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) triggered the 2008 financial crisis. Now we have CLOs, or collateralised loan obligations – securitised busines…
26 Jun 2020
Corporate bonds: central banks top up the punch bowl yet again
Corporate bonds

Corporate bonds: central banks top up the punch bowl yet again

The corporate bond market continues to deliver unlikely returns, as America’s Federal Reserve stepped in with unprecedented support.
18 Jun 2020
The US Federal Reserve's backstop keeps the bond market afloat
Corporate bonds

The US Federal Reserve's backstop keeps the bond market afloat

An announcement back in March from America's central bank, that it would buy corporate bonds, has given the corporate bond market a fillip even as com…
22 May 2020
Cracks appear in corporate-bond ETFs
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Cracks appear in corporate-bond ETFs

Severe volatility has opened up gaps between company-debt market trackers and the underlying assets.
21 Apr 2020
The world is drowning in corporate debt
Corporate bonds

The world is drowning in corporate debt

The world’s $74trn “ocean of corporate debt” contains many hidden perils which could infect the wider financial market
20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus could be the pin to pop the corporate debt bubble
Corporate bonds

Coronavirus could be the pin to pop the corporate debt bubble

Investors need to beware, says John Stepek. Companies have been loading up on cheap debt, which the coronavirus outbreak could make very difficult to …
6 Mar 2020
There’s still money in bonds for careful investors
Investment trusts

There’s still money in bonds for careful investors

Investors should tread carefully in the fixed-income market. But this well-managed investment trust fits the bill.
3 Mar 2020
Where to find value in the bond market
Corporate bonds

Where to find value in the bond market

Jeff Keen of Waverton Investment Management selects three of his favourite retail bonds to buy now.
24 Feb 2020
China’s maturing corporate bond market
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China’s maturing corporate bond market

Chinese companies are defaulting on their debt in record numbers. And the trouble could spread to state-owned enterprises.
20 Dec 2019
Mini-bonds could spell big trouble for small investors
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Mini-bonds could spell big trouble for small investors

Investors have been seduced by the high interest rates on mini-bonds, but they’re not as safe as they seem.
11 Dec 2019
Corporate debt is at record levels – here’s what the risks are
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Corporate debt is at record levels – here’s what the risks are

With interest rates at rock bottom, companies have been loading up on debt. And a lot of it is poor quality debt. John Stepek explains what that means…
3 Dec 2019
Cracks emerge in corporate debt
Economy

Cracks emerge in corporate debt

The total value of non-financial corporate debt in the US is now almost $10trn, equivalent to half of America’s GDP.
27 Sep 2019
Chart of the week: America’s corporate debt binge
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Chart of the week: America’s corporate debt binge

US households have spent much of the past decade deleveraging. Companies haven’t as this chart shows.
23 Aug 2019
Beware the lure of illiquid debt funds
Bonds

Beware the lure of illiquid debt funds

Illiquid debt offers tempting returns, but the next downturn could still reveal unexpected risks.
6 Aug 2019
Investors are going bonkers for bonds
Bonds

Investors are going bonkers for bonds

In a further sign of the mania gripping the bond market, Germany issued €3.15bn of zero-interest ten-year bonds last week.
18 Jul 2019