Government bonds

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
The charts that matter: gold back on the rise as the dollar continues to slide
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold back on the rise as the dollar continues to slide

Gold has recovered much of this year’s losses, while the US dollar continues to weaken. Here’s what happened this week in the charts that matter most …
29 May 2021
The charts that matter: a calamitous week for bitcoin hodlers
Global Economy

The charts that matter: a calamitous week for bitcoin hodlers

Cryptocurrency bitcoin took a mighty tumble this week, while wider markets sold off too. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the gl…
22 May 2021
The charts that matter: inflation gives markets a scare
Global Economy

The charts that matter: inflation gives markets a scare

Markets took fright this week as it looked like inflation was picking up in the US. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global …
15 May 2021
Are we nearing the end of the negative bond yield era?
Government bonds

Are we nearing the end of the negative bond yield era?

As inflation gets going, the era of the negative bond yield – that investors have to pay governments for the privilege of lending them money – might b…
14 May 2021
Inflation is taking off in the US and markets really don’t like it
Inflation

Inflation is taking off in the US and markets really don’t like it

US inflation is at its highest for 25 years. Stockmarkets – and tech stocks in particular – have taken the news badly. John Stepek explains why, and w…
13 May 2021
The charts that matter: Amazon hits a bump in the road
Global Economy

The charts that matter: Amazon hits a bump in the road

Amazon shares slid back this week despite results surprising to the upside. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
8 May 2021
The charts that matter: copper hits a ten-year high
Global Economy

The charts that matter: copper hits a ten-year high

The price of copper has surged to its highest since the summer of 2011. Here’s what happened to the other charts that matter most to the global econom…
1 May 2021
The charts that matter: another big bitcoin crash
Global Economy

The charts that matter: another big bitcoin crash

Bitcoin suffered another of its big corrections this week. Here's how that's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
24 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: the dollar extends its fall
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the dollar extends its fall

The US dollar took quite the tumble this week. Here’s how the charts that matter most to the global economy reacted.
17 Apr 2021
The US dollar will soon start to slide
Currencies

The US dollar will soon start to slide

The US dollar enjoyed its best quarter since 2018 in the first three months of this year, driven by higher US Treasury bond yields. But the period of …
16 Apr 2021
US inflation is rising – but it’s not enough to rattle markets yet
Inflation

US inflation is rising – but it’s not enough to rattle markets yet

The latest US inflation figures showed that consumer prices are rising more rapidly than expected. But markets shrugged. John Stepek asks why, and wha…
14 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: gold up; dollar down
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold up; dollar down

Gold rallied a little this week, while the US dollar drifted. Here’s how the charts that matter most to the global economy reacted.
10 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: the US dollar flexes its muscles
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the US dollar flexes its muscles

The US dollar continued to strengthen this week. Here’s how the charts that reflect what matters most to the global economy reacted.
3 Apr 2021
Why you should ignore the pessimists and invest now
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Why you should ignore the pessimists and invest now

There is widespread fear that massive fiscal stimulus will result in uncontrollable inflation. But don't worry, says Max King. Use the current market …
30 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: commodity prices pause for breath
Global Economy

The charts that matter: commodity prices pause for breath

Commodity prices took a breather this week. Here’s how the charts that reflect what matters most to the global economy reacted.
27 Mar 2021
Stocks and bonds are heading for an inflation scare
US stockmarkets

Stocks and bonds are heading for an inflation scare

There is talk of the ten-year US Treasury bond yield hitting 2%, which would be enough to threaten stock prices.
26 Mar 2021
Here’s why inflation will take off after the pandemic
Inflation

Here’s why inflation will take off after the pandemic

There are lots of reasons to believe that we will see lasting post-pandemic inflation – increased demand and squeezed supply chains, for example. But …
22 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: the Fed puts the cat right in among investors’ pigeons
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the Fed puts the cat right in among investors’ pigeons

With the US Federal Reserve signalling its relaxed attitude to inflation, markets went a little haywire towards the end of this week. Here’s what happ…
20 Mar 2021
Oil, bonds and tech stocks tumble – what’s going on?
Stockmarkets

Oil, bonds and tech stocks tumble – what’s going on?

The market’s delayed reaction to the Fed’s statement on interest rates led to all manner of assets selling off. John Stepek looks at what’s going on a…
19 Mar 2021
“The economics of investing in bonds has become stupid”
Government bonds

“The economics of investing in bonds has become stupid”

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers, says that investing in bonds right now is “stupid”. But why, and what does he sugge…
16 Mar 2021
It's a big week for the US Federal Reserve – and for markets
Government bonds

It's a big week for the US Federal Reserve – and for markets

The US central bank says it’s not worried about inflation and expects interest rates to stay low for a long time. The trouble is, the market doesn’t b…
15 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: tech stocks bounce as Biden throws cash around
Global Economy

The charts that matter: tech stocks bounce as Biden throws cash around

In a week when US politicians approved $1.9trn in stimulus spending and tech stocks paused their selloff, we look at what’s happened to the charts tha…
13 Mar 2021