Bonds

As the US puts up rates, how will your portfolio change?

Valuation of bonds has become distorted due to seemingly indiscriminately buying.

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What do bonds actually do in portfolios?

After a bull market that’s lasted for 35 years, some investors now plan to sell all their bond holdings because they fear that rising interest rates will see bonds record large losses.

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High yield bonds are often considered risky, so where's the fizz?

‘So, where’s the fizz?’ asked a colleague recently as we discussed conditions in the global high yield bond market.

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Is the 35-year bond price rally finally set to reverse?

For much of the past 35 years interest rates have trended lower, taking bond yields with them.

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Isa tips: Our £10,000 income fund portfolios hit the target

In the March 2017 issue of Money Observer, we set ourselves the challenge of trying to generate a yearly income of £10,000 from a selection of actively managed funds.

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Isa tips: Why some bond exposure still makes sense

Bond trusts have had a great run over the past 35 years as inflation and the yield on 10-year US Treasuries – the benchmark for the bond universe – have fallen from the mid-teens to low single figures.  

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The outlook for bonds in 2018, as monetary policy tightens

The decision by the US Federal Reserve in September to reverse its crisis-era stimulus programme and raise interest rates showed its confidence that inflation is set to return.

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2018 Isa fund tips: Experts are bearish on bonds – here’s how to invest safely

Monetary policy has supported bond markets for a decade. Low interest rates and low inflation have seen bond investors enjoy many years of gently rising returns.

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Why are investors selling shares and buying bonds instead?

Fixed income was the best-selling asset class in the month of October with net retail sales of more than £2 billion, according to new data released by the Investment Association.

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