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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Friday, May 10, 2013

Global Interest Rates From An Austrian Economics Viewpoint / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: GoldSilverWorlds

Interest rates all over the world are at historic lows or even negative in some instances.The recent interest rate cut by the European Central Bank brought the interest in Europe to its lowest level ever. The US is going through its fifth consecutive year of almost zero interest rates, which is the longest period ever in times of “peace.” People should question what the longer-term implications are for our economies and for society as a whole. An answer to this question is given by Claudio Grass who wrote about the matter in his latest outlook report (Global Gold Outlook Report)

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Interest-Rates

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Fed Admits it's Dug itself into a Very Big Hole / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Bloomberg

Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, told Tom Keene and Sara Eisen on "Bloomberg Surveillance" today that "we've dug ourselves a very large hole" and that "when I've weighed the costs and benefits of this [quantitative easing] policy, I've decided that the costs outweigh the benefits."

Plosser also said that it is "disturbing" to him that "more and more is being expected of central banks." He said, "We are expected to solve all the world's problems. Our fiscal authorities are not doing a very good job in any country."

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Interest-Rates

Friday, May 10, 2013

Long-Term Investors in Danger From Higher Inflation Expectations? / Interest-Rates / Inflation

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: One of the biggest concerns for investors when it comes to long-term investing is the safe return of their capital. Following the 6.75% levy imposed by Cyprus on deposits of less than 100,000 euros, many investors were shocked that such an event could take place.

Certainly, long-term investing does have risks, including a hidden hazard of the possibility that a rising inflation rate will erode wealth just as easily as the levy imposed by Cyprus on bank deposits.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Bank of England Celebrates 50 Months of Stealth Inflation Theft From Savers and Tax payers / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Bank of England today kept interest on hold at 0.5% for the 50th month, as Britain's central bank continues to support its bankster brethren in the crime syndicate that calls itself Britain's banks who continue to literally get away with crimes without any real consequences as evidenced by the over 6 year old LIBOR scandal that the mainstream press and financial regulator only awoke to mid last year. As far as I am ware no one has gone to prison for this mega-fraud, instead the CEO's of Britians major banks have been retired on mega-pension handouts whilst all of the fines are at the end of the day being picked up by British tax payers.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, May 09, 2013

ECB Ponders Buying PIIGS Toxic Debt / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

In an effort to stimulate small and medium (SME) lending the ECB considers acquiring banks toxic debt of the periphery. Via mish-modified translate from Spanish Libre Mercado.

The European Central Bank (ECB) could "soon" start buying bad debts of Southern European countries in an attempt to end the fragmentation in the eurozone and boost funding to SMEs, as confirmed by the German ECB representative Jörg Asmussen.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Real and Illusory Credit / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Fred_Sheehan

"When Ro-Ro goes No-No" expounded upon the ultimate futility of conjuring illusory wealth. Bernard Connolly's analysis, "Rethinking the Rogoff-Reinhoff Thesis," made the case. Connolly wrote This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, "is largely an exercise in measurement rather than theory (while many of the data in the book are new, little or none of the theory is), it can give rise - and has given rise - to dangerously misleading popular interpretations of the data which its authors had so painstakingly assembled." Connolly then offered the theory; what follows is complementary data.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

U.S. Bond Market Breakdown / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Robert_M_Williams

"Facts are the enemy of truth."- Don Quixote - "Man of La Mancha"

Last week we had the FOMC decision by the US Federal Reserve in which they said that they would continue purchasing US $85 billion a month with basically no end in sight. Aside from that they stated for the first time that they would consider increasing the amount purchased (QE) if the economy were to weaken further. So I don’t have to be able to read the tea leafs to know that puts the Fed squarely on it’s chosen path of monetary stimulus, or QE as it is called, where they go into the bond market and continue to buy debt while holding rates at zero. During the first quarter the Fed purchased 72% of all new debt issued, so you could say it is a market maker. Some might go so far as to say that they are the market.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

QE Unprecedented, Exit Will Be a 'Messy Process' / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Bloomberg

David Zervos, head of global fixed income at Jefferies, told Bloomberg TV's Erik Schatzker and Sara Eisen on "Market Makers" today that the Federal Reserve's QE program is "the greatest monetary policy experiment of our lifetime and I do not think that anyone is smart enough, me, any central banker up there" to figure out how to properly exit.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, May 06, 2013

U.S. Treasury Bond Market Sell-Off Imminent? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: DailyGainsLetter

Moe Zulfiqar writes: In its most recent statement, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said it will continue to print $85.0 billion a month. With this money, it will buy $45.0 billion worth of long-term government debt and $40.0 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) each month.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, May 05, 2013

LIBOR The Next Wall Street Mega-Scandal Has Arrived / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Well, it looks like the major financial institutions can't learn a lesson. They're neck deep in yet another financial scandal of global proportions.

U.S. and international securities regulators investigating manipulation of LIBOR, the world's most important set of benchmark interest rates, have uncovered another price-rigging scheme, this one in the $379 trillion market for interest rate swaps.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, May 03, 2013

Lower Bond Yields Enticing PIMCO to Sell European Debt / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bloomberg

PIMCO's Bill Gross told Tom Keene and Michael McKee on "Bloomberg Surveillance" today that "lower yields and the higher prices are enticing us to gradually reduce our position" in European debt.

Gross also said that the new normal of subpar economic growth in the U.S. is intact even after employment increased more than forecast in April. Gross said, "We don't see higher real growth than 2 percent going forward...We've seen basically 3.5 percent nominal GDP growth even in the midst of an accelerating housing sector."

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Interest-Rates

Friday, May 03, 2013

Expert Forecasts U.S. Treasury Bond Market Crash / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: Not only is a bond market crash inevitable, but it will hit sooner than many think - by 2015 or 2016 at the latest, according to Michael Pento, president of Pento Portfolio Strategies.

"It's the most overpriced, over-owned, oversupplied market in the history of American economics," Pento said of the bond market in an interview with The Street.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Apple Stock Sells Record $17 Billion of Corporate Debt at Just 1.81% / Interest-Rates / Corporate Bonds

By: Richard_Shaw

Apple borrowed $17 billion today in various maturity tranches, some floating rate and some fixed rate. The offering was oversubscribed by about 3 times.

It was the largest bond offering in history.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Financial Collapse - Is Bernanke Preparing to Jump Ship? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Graham_Summers

The Fed meets today and tomorrow. The ECB meets on Thursday. Those will be the defining market forces for the next three trading sessions.

There is little if any point in trying to trade this week (at least until Thursday). The Fed is notorious for leaking info to the well-connected. The most recent “accidental” sending of a report a day early is just the latest example.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Real Reason U.S. Government Is Paying Down the National Debt / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: After six years of non-stop deficit spending that has added $8.2 trillion to the national debt, the U.S. Treasury has announced that it expects to reduce the country's debt by $35 billion this quarter.

Given that national debt growth has rocketed past $16.7 trillion and is on track to exceed $17 trillion at some point in the fall, a $35 billion reduction is laughably tiny. It's just 0.02% of what we as a nation owe.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Global Central Bank Money Printing Will Cause Long-Term Damage / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: One of the most confusing topics of late is the low level of the inflation rate even though monetary stimulus has been quite aggressive worldwide. The most recent data point came from Japan, in which consumer prices dropped by 0.5% in March versus the same time in 2012.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, April 29, 2013

Welcome to the Next Subprime Bubble / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Greg Madison writes: Who could forget the subprime mortgage crisis of just a few years ago?

If there's one good thing that came out of that nightmare, it's that we - borrowers, lenders, financial institutions all - learned that securitizing bad loans and letting them spread like poison throughout the financial system was a bad thing.

We can look back at the subprime crisis with the wisdom of afterthought, and see all the mistakes laid bare.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, April 19, 2013

U.S. Bond Market Trouble Ahead / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Investment_U

Alexander Green writes: Warren Buffett recently opined that bonds should come with a warning label these days.

That is doubly true of most bond funds. Many investors are about to get steamrolled. But if you act now, you can avoid getting hurt.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, April 15, 2013

Euro-zone Debt Crisis is Back / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: The Eurozone debt crisis that was supposed to have blown over long ago instead has become more like an endless game of Whac-a-Mole, with both new and old problems popping up faster than European leaders can bop them.

As Europe's finance ministers gathered in Dublin today (Friday), they faced at least half a dozen major issues threatening the fiscal health of the Eurozone.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, April 13, 2013

All of a Sudden, 2013 Becomes Another Trillion-Dollar Deficit Year / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Profit_Confidential

In its monthly statement of receipts and outlays for the month, the Treasury Department reported that the U.S. government incurred a budget deficit of $107 billion for the month of March 2013. (Source: Department of the Treasury, April 10, 2013.) This monthly budget deficit was a result of the government spending $293 billion while only taking in $186 billion in March.

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