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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Friday, February 04, 2011

Bernanke Reiterates January FOMC Policy Statement and Defends Fed’s Unconventional Monetary Policy / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChairman Bernanke reiterated the main thrust of the January FOMC policy statement for the most part today. In addition, he defended the large-scale asset purchases that the Fed has undertaken. His remarks also included the fiscal policy challenges the nation currently faces.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Bond Markets Delayed Reaction to Inflation, A Moment of Clarity / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIs the bond market finally catching on to the "forced risk" trade...?

AS NIALL FERGUSON never tires of reminding us, bond markets rarely react early to bad news, no matter how plain it looks to everyone else.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Moodys Warns U.S. May Get Credit Rating Downgrade / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Money_Morning

Don Miller writes: The United States' AAA credit rating may be at risk sooner than previously thought as the nation fails to deal with its growing debt, Moody's Investors Service warned last week.

Moody's said December's extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, combined with results from the November elections, may lead to further gridlock in Congress, increasing its doubts about the federal government's determination to reduce its debt.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

U.S. Bond Prices Being Driven by Good News for a Change / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: John_Handbury

Treasury Bond prices usually flourish during bad times.  Joblessness, recessions, lack of spending, usually drive bond prices up because a stagnating economy usually means lower interest rates and disinflation.  These times are different however.  Over the last few months we have seen a large drawdown in bond prices without a whiff of inflation.    Why aren’t bond prices higher?

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 31, 2011

Quantitative Easing is Nothing New / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Mike_Hewitt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe term 'quantitative easing' is just the newest term to describe the on-going central bank policy of increasing money supply.

Greetings. There has been an increasing amount of news covering the activities of The US Federal Reserve and other central banks. The newest expression being bantered about is "quantitative easing".

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 29, 2011

U.S. Bond Markets Deflation Whispers / Interest-Rates / Deflation

By: Brian_Bloom

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn an inflationary environment, the longer dated yields should be in a bull trend relative to the shorter dated yields – because the time value of money rises in periods of inflation. Conversely, when there is deflation then money in the future is worth less than cash in the hand.  Therefore the ratio should fall if deflation is being anticipated.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Debt and Deficits, “The New Humpty Dumpty” / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIrony is a wonderful thing sometimes. It has a habit of framing things exactly the way they need to be framed. Unfortunately, this is a knife that cuts both ways and irony sometimes points out awful realities. I am not a political animal per se, but I find it incredibly ironic how the avalanche of bad news on the deficit, Social Security, and essentially most of the things wrong with our economy was saved until after Tuesday’s SOTU speech. Make no mistake, this has happened before, and each time I find the timing to be absolutely incredible. It is very clear at least at this point that our leaders prefer to pay lip service to the idea of reducing the deficit rather than actually trying to rectify the situation. I say this because, with very few exceptions, the rhetoric centers around a silver bullet solution that will allow programs and spending to remain pretty much on the same path as what got us here, but at the same time, ‘fixing’ things.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rate Hike Rumblings Increasing in the Interest Rate Market / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePsst! I have a secret for you. Central bankers in developed markets may actually start raising interest rates some day!

Shocker, I know! But if you follow the latest market moves — and listen to some of the chatter coming out of places like Europe — that’s the inevitable conclusion you arrive at.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 28, 2011

No respite for German Bunds / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe safe haven days of the Bund are clearly in the past. After the frenetic buying that peaked in August, the Bund has been on a clear trend lower and it hasn’t been alone.

But given the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis still remains a live issue, and it was that very crisis that sent the Bund and other Bond markets soaring on safe haven trading, what has changed?

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 28, 2011

S&P Slashes Japan's Credit Rating / Interest-Rates / Japanese Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: Standard & Poor's yesterday (Thursday) reduced Japan's long-term sovereign debt rating for the first time in nine years, saying Tokyo lacked a plan to deal with its mounting debt and persistent deflation.

The agency cut Japan's rating by one notch to AA minus, the fourth-highest level, citing the country's political gridlock for undermining efforts to reduce an $11 trillion (943 trillion yen) debt burden.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Most People Don't Realize About The Fed's Superpowers / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince its creation in 1913, the primary intended role of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank has been that of protector. In theory, the central bank was bestowed with the power to shape monetary policy in a way that would keep both booms and busts in check. The two main tools at its disposal -- interest rates and money creation -- would provide a "ceiling of normalcy" above expansions AND a "net of safety" below contractions.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Should Congress Raise the U.S. Debt Ceiling? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt current rates of spending, the federal government may bump up against its debt limit as early as March. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warns that it will be "catastrophic to the economy" if Congress doesn't increase Uncle Sam's credit limit. Writers in conservative outlets call for Republicans to use this opportunity to extract significant spending cuts before extending the limit. And some extreme libertarians argue that the debt ceiling shouldn't be raised, because a government default would be a good thing for the American people.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

U.S. Federal Budget Deficit Climbing Dangerously Higher on Continued 2011 Government Spending / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: On the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address - during which the commander in chief highlighted the need for investment in innovation - a steep federal budget deficit projection yesterday (Wednesday) showed the harsh reality of the U.S. government's spending spree.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

FOMC Policy Statement - Status Quo is Also Noteworthy / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

The federal funds rate was left unchanged at 0%-0.25% as expected; it has held at this level since December 2008.  The Fed's plan to purchase $600 billion of Treasury securities has also been left in place along with the existing arrangement of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of securities.  The vote was unanimous although four members of the voting panel were replaced for 2011.  Charles Plosser of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed, Charles Evans of the Chicago Fed and Narayana Kocherlakota of the Minneapolis Fed are the replacements.  Of these four voting members, Fisher and Plosser have been critics about the second round of quantitative easing that is currently underway.  They have held the opinion that the current stance of monetary accommodation carries with it inflationary consequences that would be damaging to the economy.  However, unlike President Hoenig of the Kansas Fed who shared this opinion and dissented at each meeting in 2010, these two members voted along with majority in today's meeting. 

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Great Global Debt Shift / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: John_Browne

If one were asked to describe the major global economic changes that have unfolded since the financial crisis began, a good starting place would be the massive shift of debt from the private to the public sector. Attempting to arrest a deepening crisis, governments all around the world have bailed out businesses and companies by transferring bad debts to the public books. Although these moves have provided some current stability (after all, governments are much less likely to default), the long-term consequences may be dire.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bernanke's Golden Dismount / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Michael_Pento

There can be little doubt that Fed Chairman Benjamin Bernanke has been a very, very good friend to gold investors. However, some of those who have benefited from his largesse now fear that the recent selloff in gold indicates an imminent end to Bernanke's monetary high-wire act. Most assume that a cessation of the Fed's stimulative efforts, if it were to occur, would spell the end of gold's bull run. But a closer reading of Bernanke's economic philosophy and the Fed's own recent history, shows that once central banker begins a strenuous routine starts, it is very hard, if not impossible, for them to dismount.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fed Accounting Rule Changes to Mask Losses / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany people have taken notice of changes slipped into the Fed's balance sheet reporting rules that will allegedly shield the Fed from devastating losses. Please consider Accounting Tweak Could Save Fed From Losses.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Q.E. Policy Meets the Tea Party / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week's letter is a result of two lengthy conversations I had today, which have me in a reflective mode. Plus, I finished the last, final edits of my book, all of which is causing me to mull over the unsustainability of the US fiscal situation. There is a true Endgame here, and it may happen before we are ready.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fed Traders Buying Billions in U.S. Debt, Nation Risks Credit Downgrade / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Global_Research

Fed Traders Buying Billions in U.S. Debt, Nation Risks Credit DowngradeFed Traders Buying Billions in U.S. Debt, Nation Risks Credit Downgrade

At the same time, Moody's and Standard & Poor's warned the triple-A sovereign debt rating of the United States is in jeopardy of being downgraded if there continues to be a deterioration in the negative fundamentals of the United States, including the trillion-dollar federal-budget deficits President Obama has run in the last two years.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 22, 2011

U.S. Interest Rates Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Preview / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on January 25-26 is most likely to close without any change in Fed policy.  The FOMC will reaffirm its plan to complete the $600 billion purchase of Treasury securities.  The policy statement should contain modifications that would reflect the nature of latest economic reports.  The strength in recent retail sales data, the sluggish labor market, and ongoing challenges of the housing market will feature in the policy statement. 

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