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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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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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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 09, 2012

Unpredictability Impact on Global Economy, Fed QE3 Won't Produce the Outcomes We Want / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePIMCO CEO and co-CIO Mohamed El-Erian spoke with Bloomberg Television's Betty Liu, Dominic Chu and Michael McKee about Europe's crisis, the U.S. economy and where to invest safely in this environment.

El-Erian said that the Fed "doesn't have enough policy instruments to deal with the challenges facing the economy" and that QE3 will not work. On investing opportunities, he said that "In the short term, the U.S. dollar is the best place."

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 09, 2012

Paul Krugman is Dead Wrong: Debt Matters / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Paul Krugman, the Princeton University economics professor, Nobel Prize winner, and regular New York Times op-ed contributor says, "Debt matters, but not that much."

Not only is he off the reservation on this one, but he's completely fallen off his high horse.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Global Interest Rate Movements in 2011 / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: CentralBankNews

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOf the central banks that net increased their interest rates, the average increase was 281 basis points (skewed up by Belarus; the average would be 185 excluding Belarus).  There were 18 central banks tightening by 100 or more basis points.  The outliers were Belarus 3450bps, Kenya 1200bps, and Uganda 1000bps.  Of those tightening rates, it was largely emerging and frontier markets, with inflation pressures running high on the back of rising food commodity prices and relatively buoyant economic conditions, particularly in the early part of the year.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Foreign Central Banks Dumping U.S. Treasury Bonds, Treasure From Treasuries / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: DeepCaster_LLC

 

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Holdings of U.S. Treasurys (sic) by foreign central banks has fallen by a record amount over the past four weeks according to the latest Federal Reserve data.

“The net $69 billion drop in Treasury holdings registered at the Fed by foreign official institutions comes as benchmark yields ended 2011 near record low levels…

“The decline in foreign holdings of Treasurys (sic) in recent weeks has not resulted in higher yields and lower prices because other investors have sought the safety of US debt.”

“Foreign Central Banks Cut Treasury Holdings by Record”

The Financial Times, www.cnbc.com, 12/30/11

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 06, 2012

Debt, It's a Rollover... or is it? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: William_Bancroft

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWill Bancroft looks at the debt loads weighing down economies and sees a year of tightrope walking for the authorities and the banking system. The financial markets wait with baited breathe for a resolution to the debt problems, but are there any fixes available?

As we enter 2012 there is one issue that probably sits at the forefront of our minds: can the overly indebted parts of the financial system keep financing themselves?

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Math Vindicates S&P U.S. Debt Downgrade / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStandard and Poor’s has been greatly vilified for their call to lower the U.S. credit rating to AA+ from AAA.  The evidence, naysayers point to, for their justification of excoriating S&P is the performance of Treasuries since the downgrade occurred.  Indeed, U.S. debt yields have fallen and the dollar has increased in the five months after being stripped of AAA.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Global Government Bond Market Ponzi Scheme / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor whatever deeply embedded psychological reason – and your humble analyst is profoundly guilty – we humans seem prone to picking out a particular point in our space-time continuum (read: the New Year) to think about the future and new beginnings, rather than running the exercise every week or month. Maybe so much introspection and thinking is just too exhausting, so we only do it on an annual basis. I am deep in my reading as I research my annual forecast issue, which I will write Friday. I am thinking of being especially foolish (and anyone who makes predictions is foolish) and going out to a five-year time frame. It should be challenging.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: The Year 60 Minutes Misled Americans About Municipal Bonds / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn previous posts, I've mentioned serious fiscal problems that need to be addressed at state and local levels. This varies by region and some issues are potentially solvable.

I live in Illinois, which is ground zero for fraud, corruption, underfunded pension funds and general fiscal mismanagement. It's an example of one of the worst fiscal messes in the United States. This year Illinois hiked personal income taxes from 3% to 5%, and increased corporate taxes. We'll be slammed with hidden tax increases in utilities, purchases, and more. When now Mayor Rahm Emanuel left his post as White House Chief of Staff to run his election, the Chicago mayoral race centered partly around steps, including budget cuts, needed to solve Chicago's serious fiscal issues: See "Third Word America: Drowning in Debt and Chocking on Lies," Huffington Post, June 24, 2011, and 'Fast-Tracking to Anarchy;" August 25, 2010.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 30, 2011

ECB Thinly Veiled Bailout / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ECB is borrowing U.S. Dollars from the Fed to bailout European banks. And that is in addition to the Long Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO). 

However, the "borrowing" is not called "borrowing."  It's called a "temporary U.S. dollar liquidity swap arrangement."  Yet it is really borrowing because it's going massively in one direction for the purpose of giving the ECB Dollars to lend to European banks, so the ECB can avoid lending more Euros. The ECB doesn't want to tarnish its "inflation fighting" reputation and further devalue the Euro. Instead, the Fed is taking billions of Euros as collateral for the Dollar swap.  

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What Will 2012 Bring for Global Central Banks Monetary Policy? / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: CentralBankNews

he year of 2011 was an interesting and eventful year in monetary policy.  As the chart below shows, the GDP weighted average interest rate of central banks crept up in the first half of the year as commodity prices remained buoyant, economic recoveries showed signs of gaining momentum, and inflation was the key concern in emerging markets.  But this was then followed by a reversal in course in the later part of the year as the specter of the European debt crisis and slowing global growth raised downside risks for growth and price stability, spurring central bankers to cut rates and otherwise ease policy settings.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Euro-zone Credit Implosion Secret, ECB Cannot Stop Collateral Contagion Collapse! / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Gordon_T_Long

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow long can the European media keep the EU credit implosion a secret? The disgraced former IMF Director, Demonic Strauss Kahn said on Tuesday December 12th, 2011 that No 'Firewall' Exists and Europe Has 'Only Weeks'. Of course within minutes of this Financial Times news release which detailed his vent on EU leadership and the perilous situation in Europe, the article disappeared.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

US Public Debt Grows to World War II Level / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Pravda

In early December the ratio of public debt of the United States to GDP has reached 99.5%, which is the highest number since World War II. After placing another portion of the bonds at $160 billion, the U.S. will exceed this significant number. Rating agencies are willing to revise the U.S. credit scores.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 23, 2011

Should Definition of Central Bank Lender of Last Resort Function Be Expanded? / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA fractional-reserve banking system is susceptible to bouts of liquidity stringencies that, if left unchecked, can result in serial bank failures and an abrupt contraction in bank credit. The sine qua non of central banking is to act as a lender of last resort to otherwise solvent but temporarily illiquid banks so as to prevent their temporary illiquidity from deteriorating into insolvency, which would result in the aforementioned contraction in bank credit. This "narrow" interpretation of the lender-of-last resort function was the catalyst for the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. After the Banking Crisis of 1907, Congress believed that it was necessary to re-establish a central bank lender of last resort so as to prevent temporary financial market liquidity stringencies from deteriorating into severe economy-wide recessions.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 23, 2011

Robert Prechter Explains The Fed, Money, Credit and the Federal Reserve Banking System / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is Part III, the final part of our series "Robert Prechter Explains The Fed." (Here are Part I and Part II.)

Money, Credit and the Federal Reserve Banking System

Conquer the Crash, Chapter 10 By Robert Prechter

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