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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

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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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Market Manipulation Is Not Why Most Traders Lose / Interest-Rates / Learn to Trade

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow often have you heard analysts refer to a down day on Wall Street as "traders taking profits"? Sounds great, but the sobering fact is that most traders -- in futures, commodities, or forex -- lose money.

Any book on trading will list for you the many reasons why most traders lose. Yet some traders do win; some even set records. In 1984, Elliott Wave International's founder and president Robert Prechter won the U.S. Trading Championship, setting a new all-time profit record of 444.4% in a monitored real-money options account. Later in his monthly Elliott Wave Theorist, Prechter published a Special Report "What A Trader Really Needs To Be Successful" with 5 important insights for would-be market speculators (including the explanation of why "market manipulation" is not why most traders lose.)

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 22, 2011

ECB Rhetoric versus Reality on Money Printing / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Ben_Traynor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week, the gap between what the European Central Bank says and what it does became very noticeable indeed...

I know they're stolen, but I don't feel bad. 
I take that money, buy you things you never had. 
'Free Money', from the album 'Horses' by Patti Smith

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ECB Stealth QE Euro 489 Billion Money Printing to Prevent Eurozone Banking System Collapse / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ECB's first ever long term Refinancing Operation (LTRO) that had been estimated to provide upto Euro 350 billion to Europe's bankrupt banks in the form of cheap 1% 3 year loans, instead a huge Euro 489 billion was borrowed by 523 banks in a rush to grab cheap money that amounts to QE in all but name regardless of ECB propaganda.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

European Credit Crunch – Another Excuse For Silver Downdraft? / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

It's clear that Europe's debt problems can now be wrapped up into the term credit crunch.  In light of operations by the Federal Reserve, the amount of money available for credit appears to be shrinking, while risk premiums demanded by banks are thickening.

On Monday, the 3-month LIBOR-OIS spread rose to a record of .49%, a gain of nearly 11% in just one trading day.  This important measurement shows the universal health of the banking system as determined by the LIBOR rate and the overnight indexed swap.  The OIS rate is a generally strong indication of money market interest (investors who want little risk, but also little reward) and their favor or disfavor for particular investments.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 19, 2011

European Debt Crisis Explained, the Back Door Bazooka Solution / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Chris_Ciovacco

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe concept of a “back-door bazooka” is based on a recent policy change made by the European Central Bank (ECB). Reuters summed up the pros and cons of the stealth bazooka concept this way:

Instead of unlimited bond buying, the ECB will offer banks this week an opportunity to borrow money for three years for the first time, extending the current one year maximum ceiling for refinancing. France hopes banks will use the money to buy euro zone bonds, and ease the upward pressure on yields, but Italy’s Unicredit bank said last week this “wouldn’t be logical” for banks under pressure to reduce risk and rebuild capital.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Status Of QE3 / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Tony_Pallotta

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAside from countless banks calling for QE3 which one has to wonder if their analysis may be slightly biased for personal gain the question remains will we see QE3.

The November 2010 FOMC statement which launched QE2 made it clear why the Fed was expanding their balance sheet by $600 billion.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 17, 2011

EU Banking Crisis: Towards the "Leveraged Breakup" of Euroland? / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed’s third quarter audit data shows a total system debt of 355% and of GDP, in spite of so-called de-leveraging. It is down from the second quarter’s 375% of GDP, but up from 264% a dozen years ago. Financial sector borrowing fell almost 50% in the quarter but non-financial debt increased while financial debt fell – a push so to speak. Unfortunately most of the debt growth emanated from Washington. That growth was $557 billion, of at a 14.1% annualized rate. Of course, what the federal government is doing is the antithesis of what they should be doing. Will these borrowings and debt continue, of course they will.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 16, 2011

France Triple A Debt Rating Downgrade, G7 Government Debt Facts and Projections / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe possibility of Standard &Poors downgrading France’s triple A debt rating is the latest source of market anxiety among several other factors. Standard &Poors put 14 eurozone countries on negative watch earlier in the month. Today, Christian Noyer, the head of the central bank of France, expressed strong reservations about ratings agencies. It is helpful in this context to look at recent trends of government debt as a percent of GDP of major advanced nations.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 16, 2011

European Banks are 'Insolvent' Amid Euro-zone Debt Crisis / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Platt, founder of the $30 billion hedge fund BlueCrest Capital, spoke to Bloomberg Television's Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle in his first-ever live TV interview.

Platt said that most of the banks in Europe are insolvent and the situation in the region is "completely unstable." On investing in illiquid assets, Platt said he "would not touch them with a barge pole" and that "the major opportunities will come post-blowout."

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 12, 2011

Latest Eurozone Debt Crisis Plan "Another Grand Illusion" / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: As European leaders celebrated a tentative agreement to accept tougher budgetary rules among its members, critics expressed doubts the plan would cure the two-year-old Eurozone debt crisis.

Last week's highly anticipated two-day summit resulted in 26 of the 27 European Union (EU) nations - the United Kingdom objected - agreeing to create a new treaty that would require members to keep budget deficits to within 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) in good economic times and within 3% of GDP in bad times.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Euro Zone Crisis, Another Backdoor Taxpayer Bailout? / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleExactly 20 years to the day after the creation of the European Union (EU) and the Euro currency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel successfully secured an historic agreement from all 27 current members of the EU, except Britain, forging a deeper economic integration in the euro zone on Friday, 9 Dec.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The U.S Debt Crisis, A Look Beyond the Paradigms / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andy_Sutton

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCo-Authored by Gregory Olson, CEO – GRO Enterprises : One of the traps all analysts fall into from time to time is their inability to see the forest through the trees. We are all guilty of this from time to time, and those who would deny this simple reality only set themselves up to miss important changes in the paradigms in which they operate.  Perhaps the most famous example of this happened in the life and times of Christopher Columbus. We’re sure you recall the mental model of that time; that the Earth was flat. Many very wise people in Columbus’ day felt he was going to sail the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria right off the edge of the Earth. And there are many other classic examples as well.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 09, 2011

Stop Hyperventilating about Federal Debt: USA Is Heading for Party-Time Again / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAn interesting component of the current atmosphere of angst in America is collective amnesia. Everyone seems to forget:

1: There was a very expensive war. Whether the war was in fact “necessary” so as to Keep America Safe, is debatable. But putting that to one side, it most certainly did not generate a return on investment in the form of looting and pillaging…which always used to be the main justification for going to war in the old days, and that in the cold light of debt servitude, arguably remains the only fiscally-responsible reason for going to war…ever…so long as you win!

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