Bond focus

On the 19th of March 2020 the plague reached the Bank of England and it cut its base rate to 0.1%.

Most articles about bonds need to start with the question of where do interest rates go from here? In the short term that depends on how the world copes with Covid-19.

Collateralised Loan Obligations (CLOs) share similarities to mortgage backed securities that we know caused significant financial and economic challenges during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

You may have read about the way that the USA’s Federal Reserve Bank (“Fed”) has been active in the New York repo market. This article explains what is going on.

The RPI includes housing costs but that is not the reason why it tends to be 0.7% per annum greater than CPI. The method of calculation drives the main difference. For those with Maths A-Levels, RPI…

In a nutshell, I think that post-trade war inflation will pick up prompting the Fed to go into “interest rate catch up mode”, poke in some swift and firm rate hikes to the point that the US, and…

My view is that Trump stimulates the economy into the next November 2020 election. With 3.6% unemployment, the lowest level since 1969, the probability is that further economic growth is going to feed…

There’s a hurdle to reading the rest of this article; and here it is: This is the rule for working out what interest rates should be which was first put forward by Professor Taylor in 1993. Some of…

The starting point here is how we Brexit. The majority of MPs voted Remain in the 2016 referendum. I am also told that since the referendum a sufficient number of leave-inclined older voters have died…

At the risk of events moving too fast for this publication to keep up, and our readers being brexited-out, we asked journalist, political commentator and former President of YouGov, Peter Kellner to…

The RPI includes housing costs but that is not the reason why it tends to be 0.7% per annum greater than CPI. It is the method of calculation that drives the difference. For those with Maths A Levels,…

Bonds are often described as safe investments. “Safe” here relates to the probability of you getting your money back. Government bonds, or Gilts, are seen as being very safe because the UK Government…

The only caveat to that would be Europe’s possible need to punish the UK “pour encourager les autres” from wanting to leave. The worry of the Italians leaving the euro has receded as both Germany and…

The Fed is responsible for setting monetary policy in the US in line with its mandate of maximizing employment, stabilising prices, and moderating long-term interest rates.Prior to announcing his…


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