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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 06, 2013

U.S. Interest Rates Forecast 2013, Don’t Fight The Fed! / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Robert_M_Williams

I’ve been watching the Fed for years and like everyone else, I’ve always paid attention to the old saying that, “You don’t fight the Fed.” So it stands to reason that when the Fed says they’ll keep interest rates at zero well into 2015, you would expect rates to stay at or close to zero. They even went so far as to put an exclamation point on this policy two weeks ago when they announced that they were buying as much as 90% of all new issues. In short the US Federal Reserve is now acting as a buyer of last resort. That statement set off all sorts of warning bells in the deep recesses of my mind as my experience tells me that whenever a government is acting as a buyer of last, it’s in deep trouble. It brings back memories of many failed banana republics’!

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Over Due U.S. Treasury Bond Sell-off To Become More Serious! / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Sy_Harding

With my indicators on a sell signal for bonds since August 16, I have been warning about bonds being overbought and in danger of rolling over into a serious correction for several months. And indeed, the 20-year U.S. Treasury bond has already lost 11% of its value just since its late July peak.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 04, 2013

U.S. Treasury Bonds, The Worst Investment for 2013 and the Next Decade / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: One of the biggest investor mistakes by the average retail investor is to be late to cash in on an investment theme. These investor mistakes are not limited to just the stock market, but all types of investments. If we look at investor mistakes by the retail public for buying real estate, most people were bullish at the top of the market and were selling, or were forced to sell, their real estate at the bottom. Buying high and selling low is one of the most common investor mistakes by the majority of the public.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 04, 2013

Market Valuation, Inflation and Treasury Yields: Clues from the Past / Interest-Rates / Inflation

By: PhilStockWorld

My monthly market valuation updates have long had the same conclusion: US stock indexes are significantly overvalued, which suggests cautious expectations on investment returns. In a “normal” market environment — one with normal business cycles, Federal Reserve policy, interest rates and inflation — current valuation levels would be a serious concern.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 29, 2012

What Happens When the Bond Markets Turn Against the US? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Graham_Summers

The US Fed is committed to keeping interest rates low for the simple fact that if interest rates were to rise then the payments on the debt would send the US into an EU-syle debt crisis along with the commensurate intense austerity measures being implemented.

Unfortunately for the Fed, the bond markets may indeed force this in spite of the Fed’s efforts.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 24, 2012

Ben Bernanke's Ghost of QE Past, Present, and Future / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: DeviantInvestor

It was the best of times; it might be the worst of times.

Dollar bills glide effortlessly to the ground, dropped from the giant QE machine in the sky. All is quiet, all is calm. There is peace on earth, well, at least in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street. And then with a horrible crash, another Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) explodes and collateral damage spreads far and wide.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 21, 2012

UK Interest Rate Swaps Financial Armageddon, Bankster Mis-Selling Bigger than PPI? / Interest-Rates / Banksters

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Following the multi-billion PPI Mis-selling scandal, just when you thought it could not get any worse, Britain's crime syndicate that is our biggest banks have been revealed to have taken another systematic bite out of thousands of unsuspecting small businesses on a scale that could end up resulting to be as big as that of the mis-selling of PPI insurance.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 20, 2012

U.S. Treasury Bond Yield Operation Twise and QE3 / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: PhilStockWorld

Courtesy of Doug Short. I’ve updated the charts below through yesterday’s close. The S&P 500 is now only 1.29% off its interim high of 1,465.77 set on September 14th, the day after QE3 was announced. The interim low since then was 1,353.52, a decline of 7.66% a month later on November 15. The 10-year note closed yesterday at 1.84, which is only 4 basis points off its interim high of 1.88, also set the day after QE3 was announced. The historic closing low was 1.43 on July 25th. With what looks like a Santa Rally in stocks underway, yields have risen to levels last seen about two months ago. What will be particularly interesting is how yields (and equities) fare in the last four market days of 2012 if the various Fiscal Cliff issues are not resolved by the end of this week.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Basel’s Capital Curse, Beating the Drums of Bank Recapitalization / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Steve_H_Hanke

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the oracles of money and banking have been beating the drums for “recapitalization” — telling us that, to avoid future crises, banks must be made stronger. To accomplish this, governments across the developed world are compelling banks to raise fresh capital and strengthen their balance sheets. And, if banks can’t raise more capital, they are told to shrink the amount of risk assets (loans) on their books. In any case, we are told that one way or another, banks’ capital-asset ratios must be increased — the higher, the better.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hidden U.S. Treasury Bond Market Risks? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Axel_Merk

While Treasuries are said to have no default risk as the Federal Reserve (Fed) can always print money to pay off the debt, hidden risks might be lurking. As oxymoronic as it may sound, the biggest risk to the economy and the U.S. dollar might be, well, economic growth! Let us explain.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bernanke’s Balance Sheet Ensures Disaster / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Michael_Pento

As expected, Ben Bernanke officially launched QE IV with his announcement last week of $85 billion dollars worth of unsterilized purchases of MBS and Treasuries. In unprecedented fashion, the Fed also tied the continuation of its zero interest rate policy and trillion dollars per annum balance sheet expansion to an unemployment rate that stays above 6.5%. Now, pegging free money and endless counterfeiting to a specific unemployment figure would be a brilliant idea if printing money actually had the ability to increase employment. But it does not.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, December 16, 2012

QE4, The Fed's Fantastic Failure / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Clif_Droke

Question: When is an unprecedented economic event tantamount to a non-event? Answer: When another Fed intervention is announced.

The U.S. Federal Reserve bank announced this week the commencement of a new round of Treasury purchases to the tune of $45 billion a month to replace the expiring Operation Twist. This is in addition to the recently launched QE3 program that committed the Fed to buying $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities. The grand total of these central bank interventions amounts to some $1 trillion a year in government debt markets.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sorting Out a Decade of Debt, Investment Conclusions / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: John_Mauldin

In today's Outside the Box I bring you two pieces that, at first glance, may not seem to have much to do with each other. First, Bill Gross, PIMCO managing director, runs down the fierce structural headwinds that our hard-pedaling global economy faces over the next decade. I am going to deal at length with not only his GDP projections for the rest of the decade but those of Grantham and others in the last two Thoughts from the Frontline of this year. This is a challenging environment for traditional portfolio construction, but it’s par for the course as we slog through the secular bear market I was first writing about in 1999.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 15, 2012

U.S. Caught in a Alarming Trap of Continuum of Deficit Spending / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: David_Galland

Late at night on November 6, along with John Mauldin, Doug Casey and a group of partygoers in a café here in Cafayate, we watched on a small television as Obama's contract was renewed by a majority of the mob. As was the case with many readers, I suspect, my initial reaction was disbelief.

While I try not to pay a lot of attention to the careers of individual politicians, but rather prefer to monitor the carnage they inflict on the world in the collective, I sincerely believed that Obama's steady transgressions against commonsense economics, individual liberty and the rule of law would see him unceremoniously turned out.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fed QE Policy Means U.S. Treasury Issuing Debt For Free, Money for Nothing / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Bloomberg

PIMCO's Bill Gross told Bloomberg Television's Betty Liu on "In the Loop" today that the Federal Reserve's latest round of monetary stimulus will enable Treasury to issue debt for no cost.

Gross said, "what really happens, and this is critically important, is that the Treasury issues bonds and the Fed buys them and then it remits interest to the Treasury...It basically means that the Treasury is issuing debt for free...Inflation is one of the complications."

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Why Printing Money Is So Easy for the Fed / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: The Federal Reserve is busy looking at what to do next to try to keep the economic renewal on track, as the central bank meets for the last time this year. The Fed also understands its impact will be hindered by the ongoing battle in Congress regarding the pending fiscal cliff.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

U.S. Fiscal Cliff Dynamics Explanation: Household Budget and Family Debt Comparison / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: DK_Matai

Politicians around the world intuitively understand the importance of translating complicated policy and complex laws into language that non-experts, ie, average voters can understand easily.  When it comes to US budget numbers and negotiations, financial complexity can be extremely challenging.  Many Americans and non-Americans don’t know how many zeros there are in one “trillion,” much less what a trillion dollar deficit means in terms of the world's largest economy and its overall impact on the global financial markets.  In a recent poll question, for example, American respondents were given five multiple-choice answers for the question “how many thousands are [there] in a trillion” and just 21 percent answered correctly, barely more than what one would expect if everyone guessed randomly!

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

U.S. National Deficit / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Fred_Sheehan

"Under current law, the Treasury is technically allowed to mint as many coins made of platinum as it wants and can assign them whatever value it pleases. Under this scenario, the U.S. Mint would make a pair of trillion-dollar platinum coins. The president orders the coins to be deposited at the Federal Reserve. The Fed moves this money into Treasury's accounts. And just like that, Treasury suddenly has an extra $ trillion to pay off its obligations for the next two years - without needing to issue new debt. The [current $16.4 trillion national debt] ceiling is no longer an issue." - Brad Plumer, Washington Post, December 6, 2012, "Could the 'Platinum Coin Option' Solve the U.S. Debt Crisis?"

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 10, 2012

Side Effects from the Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy Program / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: The historic and unprecedented action by the Federal Reserve in enacting extremely loose monetary policy is an attempt to stimulate the economy. I’ve always felt that a central bank should have one mandate: the stability of the currency. The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate; in addition to keeping inflation in check, the American central bank also is attempting to lower the unemployment rate through monetary policy, a task not easily achieved.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, December 09, 2012

U.S. Treasury Bond Market Yields Update / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: PhilStockWorld

Courtesy of Doug Short. I’ve updated the charts below through today’s close. The S&P 500 is now 3.25% off its interim high of 1,465.77 set on September 14th, the day after QE3 was announced. The interim low since then was 1,353.52, a decline of 7.66% a month later on November 15. The 10-year note closed today at 1.64, which is 24 basis points off its interim high of 1.88, also set the day after QE3 was announced. The historic closing low was 1.43 on July 25th. The latest Freddie Mac Weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey puts the 30-year fixed at 3.34 percent, three basis point above its historic low set two weeks ago.

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