Government bonds

Index-linked bonds could prove a costly inflation hedge
Government bonds

Index-linked bonds could prove a costly inflation hedge

Index-linked bonds are designed to keep pace with inflation, but at these prices you are locking in a loss
29 Nov 2021
The charts that matter: the US dollar keeps on strengthening
Economy

The charts that matter: the US dollar keeps on strengthening

The US dollar saw further rises this week as gold and cryptocurrencies sold off. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to the globa…
27 Nov 2021
The investments to buy when markets start to crack
Container ships at dock
Investment strategy

The investments to buy when markets start to crack

Rising inflation has central bankers between a rock and a hard place. Here’s how to protect your wealth, says Philip Pilkington.
26 Nov 2021
Two debt-focused funds that pay good dividends
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Investment trusts

Two debt-focused funds that pay good dividends

TwentyFour Asset Management’s two debt-focused investment trusts are producing healthy payouts
22 Nov 2021
Rising inflation puts central banks’ credibility at stake
US Federal Reserve building
Inflation

Rising inflation puts central banks’ credibility at stake

Central banks are running out of excuses for not raising interest rates as inflation soars.
19 Nov 2021
Green finance is set to be the most powerful financial repression tool yet
Bonds

Green finance is set to be the most powerful financial repression tool yet

The government has launched its “green savings bond” that offers investors just 0.65%. But that pitiful return is in many ways the point of “green” fi…
22 Oct 2021
What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends
Investment strategy

What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends

The need to pay back our huge debt means higher taxes, higher inflation and, for investors, a return to value. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what you …
11 Oct 2021
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James Ferguson: the scope for bond-market disaster is very real
Economy

James Ferguson: the scope for bond-market disaster is very real

Merryn talks to James Ferguson of Macro Strategy partners about central bankers, money supply and inflation, plus why we're on the edge of a very sign…
8 Oct 2021
The taper tantrum begins
Government bonds

The taper tantrum begins

Markets had so far shrugged off the prospect of central-bank monetary tightening. But not any more.
1 Oct 2021
What is the US “debt ceiling” and what happens if it is not raised?
US Economy

What is the US “debt ceiling” and what happens if it is not raised?

The US government has hit its self-imposed spending limit. Unless that limit is raised, the government will run out of money. Saloni Sardana explains …
30 Sep 2021
Rising bond yields are unnerving markets and it could get worse before it gets better
Government bonds

Rising bond yields are unnerving markets and it could get worse before it gets better

With inflation returning fast, government bond yields are rising along with prices. And that's unsettling markets around the world. John Stepek explai…
30 Sep 2021
The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it
Investment strategy

The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it

The great bond bull market looks to be over, and you probably don’t want to be holding government bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s what you sh…
21 Sep 2021
The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk

Markets reacted calmly to the Federal Reserve’s confirmation that it would be reducing its monetary stimulus. Here’s what’s happened to the charts tha…
4 Sep 2021
Global debt pile reaches war-time levels
Global Economy

Global debt pile reaches war-time levels

Global governments' fiscal support measures has left us with “war-time era” debt levels. A reckoning is inevitable.
3 Sep 2021
So much for the taper tantrum
Government bonds

So much for the taper tantrum

Rather than throwing a tantrum at the prospect of a cut in US monetary stimulus, as confirmed by US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, investors …
3 Sep 2021
What are central banks planning to do – stay loose or raise interest rates?
Global Economy

What are central banks planning to do – stay loose or raise interest rates?

Central banks are split on the future of monetary policy and the global recovery. Saloni Sardana looks at the stance of six of the world’s biggest cen…
22 Jul 2021
The charts that matter: tech stocks hit new highs
Global Economy

The charts that matter: tech stocks hit new highs

The tech-heavy Nasdaq index hit new highs this week. Here’s how it affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
26 Jun 2021
What is the EU’s “safe asset” bond and what might it mean for you?
Government bonds

What is the EU’s “safe asset” bond and what might it mean for you?

The European Union announced landmark debt plan aimed at helping EU countries recover from the Covid pandemic, financed by issuing “safe asset” bonds.…
22 Jun 2021
The charts that matter: the Fed springs a surprise
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the Fed springs a surprise

As the US Federal Reserve turns hawkish on inflation, we look at how that’s affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
19 Jun 2021
Markets believe that bankruptcy has been abolished – that’s not a good thing
Bonds

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

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

Government spending is funded in two ways – taxation and borrowing. When a government borrows money, it issues an IOU called a sovereign bond.
15 Jun 2021
The charts that matter: global bond yields take a dive
Global Economy

The charts that matter: global bond yields take a dive

As government bond yields around the world take a big tumble, we look at the charts that matter most to the global economy.
12 Jun 2021