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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Fed's Inflation Target; QE3, QE4, QE5, etc. are in the Queue / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: David_Knox_Barker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe U.S. Federal Reserve policy announcement on Tuesday, January 25, 2012 marks an important moment in monetary history. The forecast by a majority of the members of the FOMC for interest rates to hug zero until late 2014 was of interest and points to the FOMC conviction extended global economic stagnation at best, reflecting the long wave forces at work in the global economy. However, more importantly, it was the first time that the U.S. Federal Reserve has clarified its interpretation of its mandate for price stability, i.e. the target for inflation.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fed Transparency Gap, Central Banks High Wire Balancing Act, Greek Exhaustion Syndrome / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week we take a brief pause in our series on the choices facing the developed world to look at some items that are catching my attention. We will get back to the US next week, as somehow I think we will not solve our problems between now and next Friday, and there will be plenty left for us to talk about. So today we look at the “shift” in Fed policy, and at the balance sheets of central banks, US GDP, Portugal and the ECB, the LTRO policy, and yes, there’s even a tidbit on Greece. Plenty of ground to cover, so with no “but first,” let’s get started.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 27, 2012

Credit Crisis Perfect Storm, Robert Prechter Discusses What's Backing Your Dollars / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2012

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn this video clip, taken from Robert Prechter's interview with The Mind of Money, Prechter and host Douglass Lodmell discuss "real" money vs the FIAT money system, and what is backing your dollars under our current system. Enjoy this 4-minute clip and then watch Prechter's full 45-minute interview here >>

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Merkel Casts Doubt on Saving Greece, ECB insists on Profits on Greek Bonds / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAmazingly, smack in the midst of deal to save Greece from bankruptcy, the ECB not only insists on taking no losses on Greek bonds its holds, it wants a profit on them because it bought them at what seemed at the time to be a substantial discount. The discount was imaginary. The bonds were trading at 7% at the time.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Demise of State Sovereignty: Pressures on the Euro Amidst Rising Debt Levels / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe announced our belief a few weeks ago that the Fed loan to the ECB could with fractional banking be $10 trillion. This past week we found that Credit Suisse shares our ideas as well. We believe that what this move by the Fed and the ECB is telling us that this is probably it. We also ask again how can the banks in the LTRP repay the funds in a timely manner? No plan has been presented before or since, there is no plan. Again, just throw money at the problem. The only player really capable of saving Europe is Germany and they would destroy themselves in the process. Everyone should have seen this coming but no one did except a handful of insiders. The resultant use of funds since the ECB distribution is hardly even mentioned in the media. It is a big dark secret.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The EU Gives a Lesson in How Not to Restructure Sovereign Debt / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: David_Urban

Debt yields appear to be coming off with the exception of Greece, where the EU is now attempting to strong arm creditors once again with respect to the interest rate on the New Greek debt.

What the EU failed to realize is in that their rush to rescue the banking sector and bail out Greece they have created a bifurcated market in European sovereign debt.  The Greek bailout will only apply to private holders of Greek debt, excluding pension funds, the EU and IMF from the bailout.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Greek Private Bondholders Reject Greece 'Haircut' Debt Default Deal / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReuters reports Euro zone ministers reject private bondholders' Greece offer

Euro zone finance ministers Monday rejected as insufficient an offer made by private bondholders to help restructure Greece's debts, sending negotiators back to the drawing board and raising the threat of Greek default.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Work Out of the Long and Painful Debt Deleveraging Process / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week we look at a report called “Working Out of Debt,” about debt and deleveraging, from the McKinsey Global Institute. This is a well-done summary of their longer paper, which has been updated, called “Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth.” I discussed the original paper both in my regular letter and in Endgame. It is one of the best, most definitive pieces on the topic I have read. For those trying to understand how the deleveraging process will affect their particular world, I think it is a must-read. I have been spending more and more time thinking about the whole process of deleveraging, and am coming to think deleveraging is the critical and fundamental factor shaping the economic environment and impacting every decision countries and businesses are faced with. This paper was done by Karen Croxson, Susan Lund, and Charles Roxburgh; and they are to be especially commended for their insight and work.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 20, 2012

UK Gold and Real Interest Rates, A Free Nation Drowining in Debt / Interest-Rates / UK Debt

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTake record-high debt, add record-low interest rates, and what do you get in gold...?

SECOND ONLY to Japan, the UK now wears the greatest debt burden of any major economy today – in total, more than 5 years' entire economic output.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 20, 2012

Roubini Says Greece Will be a Credit Event, Regardless of Debt Deal / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBloomberg Exclusive: Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer spoke with Bloomberg Television's Margaret Brennan about the state of the global economy.

Roubini said that the "probability of a recession in the United States is lower than 60 percent right now." On Europe, he said that even if an agreement is reached on Greece, "there are going to be so many holdouts that then they'll have a problem" and "either way you're going to get a credit event."

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 20, 2012

Marc Faber: Still Predicting U.S. Treasury Bond Bubble Will Burst / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report, spoke to Bloomberg Television's Sara Eisen and Erik Schatzker and said that investors have created a "bubble" in the "highest-quality" government bonds and should move to equities.

Faber said, "People feel so insecure that they say, 'I'd rather be in a Treasury in America with almost no yield or in Germany with negative yield and get my money back.' But it doesn't make them a good buy in the long term."

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eurozone Debt Crisis, The Reality of the European Downgrades / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack Barnes writes: It turned out to be a ruinous Friday the 13th for Europe last week.

After the close, Standard & Poor's downgraded nine of the sovereign states in the European Union (EU).

That included dropping Austria and France to AA+ status from their formerly lofty AAA rating.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 16, 2012

Central Banks Transferring Risk From Private Sector onto Taxpayers / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Chris_Ciovacco

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith last Friday’s downgrades of European debt, the pressure from leaders, such as French President Nicholas Sarkozy, on central banks to print more money will increase. The concept of free markets is coming into question as government intervention is increasing at an alarming rate.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 16, 2012

Marc Faber - U.S. Treasury Bonds Should be Rated at Junk / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarc Faber - US bonds should be rated junk status on CNBC during the Euro-zone credit ratings downgrades announcements.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, January 15, 2012

To Solve Europe's Debt Crisis You Must Solve Three Problems, Else its the End of Europe / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the interesting things about being in Hong Kong is that I get to see the weekend edition of the Financial Times 12 hours early. And the headlines were not all that pleasant. As I promised last week, we will cast our eyes to Europe and ponder what is in store for Europe for the year and the next five years. And what do we read on page 2? The "ECB raps revisions to draft a fiscal pact." Seems they feel there are too many loopholes, which will make the document meaningless … somewhat like the treaty they have now. And we further learn that "Greek default threat grows as talks falter." Seems there is a lack of agreement on how much of a haircut the investors ought to take, and the Greeks don't want to guarantee any future debt, just in case they need to default some more in the future. But they do want the €15 billion they need to keep the debt machine running for a few more months.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Credit Ratings Downgraded France Regrets Abusing Britain as it May Beg for UK Bailout Cash / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNine Euro-zone countries have been downgraded by U.S. credit ratings agency S&P, most of whom to junk status with the biggest hit to the Eurozone being the downgrade of France from AAA to AA which has resulted in a political storm in France as President Sarkozy's hopes of being re-elected in April 2012 have now gone up in smoke.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The U.S. Government Is Bankrupt / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Casey_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Casey, Casey Research writes: Everyone knows that the US government is bankrupt and has been for many years. But I thought it might be instructive to see what its current cash-flow situation actually is. At least insofar as it's possible to get a clear picture.

As you know, the so-called Super Committee recently tried to come up with a plan to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion and failed completely. To anyone who understands the nature of the political process, the failure was, of course, as predictable as it was shameful. What's even more shameful, though, is that the sought-after $1.5 trillion cut wasn't meant to apply to the annual budget but to the total budget of the next 10 years – a fact that is rarely mentioned.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 13, 2012

ECB's Draghi Frames Debt Crisis Issues / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Axel_Merk

ECB President Mario Draghi continued to impress with his very direct style during the European Central Bank's (ECB) first press conference of the year. While not lowering interest rates or announcing further easing measures, he made it clear that the ECB is "ready to act" should the environment deteriorate. Our takeaways:

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Markets Will be a Repeat of 2011, Favor Italian Government Bonds Over Nation's Bank Debt / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBoaz Weinstein, founder of Saba Capital and former co-head of credit trading at Deutsche Bank, spoke exclusively to Bloomberg TV's Stephanie Ruhle about the CDS market and outlook for 2012.

Weinstein said that "we do have a long position in Italy" and the markets this year will "be a repeat of 2011."

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

End of the Debt Super Cycle, 2012 Market Forecasts / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: The_Gold_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat do investors need to be watching out for in 2012? More Eurozone drama? Record gold highs? A hard landing in China? The U.S. Global Investors team addressed these questions with Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle author John Mauldin in a Jan. 5 Outlook 2012 webinar. The Streetwise Reports editors highlight some of the expert insights.

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