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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Bernanke’s Speech Should Help to Clarify the Likely Direction of the Fed / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

The March employment report included several noteworthy aspects of strength in hiring.  The March 15 FOMC policy statement upgraded the Fed's assessment of the economy from the January evaluation.  At the same time, the housing market remains in a slump, there is severe financial stress at state and local governments, and there is considerable global economic uncertainty.  Chairman Bernanke is scheduled to speak this evening at a financial conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  .Recent Fed rhetoric suggests that voting and non-voting members hold different opinions.  Chairman Bernanke may not have FOMC members voting in the same direction at the April 26-27 meeting.  In the interim, his speech today should suggest where he stands.  These are the latest comments of voting and non-voting members of the FOMC. 

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Interest-Rates

Monday, April 04, 2011

U.S. Will Default on Its Debt / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: "I am confident that this country will default on its debt," Bill Gross wrote this week.

Bill Gross is not some anti-American crackpot... quite the contrary.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, April 04, 2011

Will Portugal Send European Debt Crisis Out of Control? / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMost Americans have no idea just how bad the financial problems over in Europe are right now. The truth is that the entire European financial system is teetering on the brink of disaster. Ireland and Greece have already received bailouts and Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium are all drowning in an ocean of unsustainable debt. Sovereign credit ratings all over Europe have being slashed in recent months. For example, a while back Moody's Investors Service cut Ireland's bond rating by five levels. Up until now Europe has weathered all of this financial instability fairly well, but now huge new financial problems in Portugal threaten to send the European debt crisis spinning out of control.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Picture Yourself as a Loan Officer, and Uncle Sam Wants a Loan / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePicture yourself as a loan officer for a moment.

Then imagine a very nice and sincere, but obviously clueless, person comes to you and says, my husband and I earn $100,000 per year, and we have found the home of our dreams with everything we have always wanted. It's price is $3.5 million, and I am here to request a mortgage in that amount from you.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Monetary Implications of Japan's Nuclear Catastrophe / Interest-Rates / Japanese Interest Rates

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWHY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT CAN AFFORD TO REBUILD: IT OWNS THE LARGEST DEPOSITORY BANK IN THE WORLD

The Japanese government can afford its enormous debt because it owns the bank that is its principal creditor.  But competitors are attempting to force the bank’s privatization.  If they succeed, they could propel the country into debt servitude along with other credit-strapped nations. 

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Interest-Rates

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Credit Cycle / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Puru_Saxena

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLet’s face it; the availability and cost of credit determine the value of every asset on the planet.

When credit is cheap and plentiful, all assets (with the exception of government bonds) inflate or appreciate in value.  Conversely, when credit becomes scarce and expensive, all assets (with the exception of government bonds) deflate or decline in value. 

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Europe Whispers “Crisis” While the Market Continues Screaming / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Jason_Kaspar

Last year the Europe Union (and the euro) teetered on the verge of collapse when the Greek financial crisis strained the viability of the EU construct. This year, as other EU countries domino in similar fashion, no one seems to care – certainly not the markets. Portugal’s government collapsed last Friday, and Standard and Poor has downgraded Portugal twice in the last week from A- to BBB-.  S&P then proceeded to cut Greece’s rating further from BB+ to BB-. Yet, defying all reason, the markets have gone up.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quantitative Easing QE3 is on Its Way, Inflation Will Go Through the Roof / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Bob_Chapman

QE3 is on the way accompanied by almost zero official interest rates. QE1 was to bail out the financial sectors in the US and Europe and QE2 was to bail out US government debt. That is why the Fed has purchased 70% to 80% of Treasuries. Previous debt and the $1.6 trillion of new debt created this year means someone has to buy that debt and there are very few buyers. That means the Fed has to buy most of paper with funds created out of thin air in this monetization process.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Federal Reserve Report: Central Bank's Record $82 Billion "Profit" is a Red Flag Warning / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: If the record $81.7 billion in profit that the U.S. Federal Reserve reported for 2010 was turned over to taxpayers directly, there's no doubt it would have some "stimulus" benefit - after all, a $270 check for every man, women and child in the United States ain't chicken-feed.

But since that money actually just "disappears" into the coffers of the U.S. Treasury, it does very little good for anybody.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

European Stability Mechanism Helps Push Portugal To The Brink / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Richard Thies writes: Just days after cutting the rating on Portuguese government bonds from A- to BBB, S&P took the unusual action of further reducing its rating to BBB- today. The explicit cause for the additional downgrade was the recently announced terms of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the structure that will permanently replace the temporary European Financial Stability Facility in 2013. Greece's rating was also cut further into junk territory from BB+ to BB-. There now exists a three-notch spread between Portugal's S&P and Moody's sovereign ratings, with the Moody's rating at A3 following a March 16th downgrade. 

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

To QE or Not to QE? That is the Question / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt its March 15 meeting, the FOMC decided to continue with its program of quantitative easing, which would result in a net increase of $600 billion of Federal Reserve holdings of securities by the end of June. Of course, the FOMC issued a proviso with its decision. To wit, "The Committee will regularly review the pace of its securities purchases and the overall size of the asset-purchase program in light of incoming information and will adjust the program as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability." Upon what "incoming information" should the Committee base its decision to modify its quantitative easing policy between now and June or, as important, beyond June?


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Interest-Rates

Monday, March 28, 2011

Where Is QE2 Taking Us? / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFive months into the second round of quantitative easing — "QE2" — it is useful to take stock of what it has, and has not, accomplished. In short, the monetary base is way, way up, price inflation is up, long-term interest rates are up, and bank lending is down. QE2 has thus begun to deliver on all the dangers of which the critics warned, but not the alleged benefits.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, March 25, 2011

Why Quantitative Easing Has NOT Brought Back Inflation / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBelow is an excerpt from the newest free Club EWI investor education resource, The Independent Investor eBook 2011. Inside are some of the most eye-opening research findings by EWI's president Robert Prechter, as published in the recent issues of his monthly Elliott Wave Theorist.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What Should the Federal Reserve Do Next? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Grant writes: "What Should the Federal Reserve Do Next?" was the headline over the roundup of expert monetary opinion on the op-ed page of the September 9 Wall Street Journal. The experts couldn't seem to agree. Buy Treasuries by the boatload, one counseled. Do nothing of the sort, urged another. Hew fast to the Taylor rule, John B. Taylor, himself the author of the very rule, modestly proposed (i.e., fix the federal-funds rate at one and a half times the inflation rate, plus one-half times the shortfall of GDP from potential, plus one). The half-dozen authorities shared not much common ground except to ignore the principles on which the dollar was defined in 1792 and those on which the Federal Reserve was enacted in 1913. The burden of this essay is that they thereby missed the point.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why Interest Rates Will Rise / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe world is on a Keynesian spending spree. Western central banks are inflating as never before in peacetime. Western governments are running massive budget deficits.

The European Union in 1997 established a Stability and Growth Pact, which set guidelines for fiscal policy: an annual deficit of no more than 3% of GDP and a total government-debt-to-GDP ratio of no more than 60%.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Central Bank Fractional Reserve Banking Authorized Fraud Explained / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Weiner at the Daily Capitalist purports to explain the Fractional Reserve Banking: The Real Story

Weiner makes a case that the problem with fractional reserve lending is one of "duration mismatch". If you don't understand the term "duration mismatch", please don't stop reading. I provide an easy to understand example below.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fed Policy: Underwrite Mortgages to Underwrite the Treasury / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

In a little known program to which few have been paying attention, the US Treasury is attempting to unwind positions it inherited from a very expensive bailout of government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

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Interest-Rates

Monday, March 21, 2011

Municipal Bonds Ignorance and Opportunity / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing are some of my remarks prepared for Allen & Company's Fifteenth Annual Arizona Conference. The discussion, "Munis and the Euro: Crises or Opportunities?", took place on March 8, 2011. The moderator was Senator Bill Bradley, Allen & Co., New York. Participants were Dick Ravitch, Ravitch, Rice & Company, New York; David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors, Sarasota, Florida; Uri Dadash, The Carnegie Endowment, Washington, DC.; and Frederick J. Sheehan.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, March 20, 2011

What Happens When We Come to the End of QE2? / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat happens when the Fed is finished with QE2? I have been letting that filter into my thinking lately as I look at the economic landscape and the data we have seen the past few weeks. Correlation is not causation, as I often say, but all we can do is look back at what happened last time and speculate about the future. A very dangerous occupation, but your fearless analyst will plunge on ahead into the jungle of a very hazy future. You come with me at your own risk!

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fed Policies of U.S. Dollar Destructionism / Interest-Rates / US Dollar

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Grant writes: This testimony was delivered before the Ron Paul monetary subcommittee on March 16, 2011.

"What Should the Federal Reserve Do Next?" was the headline over the roundup of expert monetary opinion on the op-ed page of the Sept. 9 Wall Street Journal. The experts couldn't seem to agree. Buy Treasurys by the boatload, one counseled. Do nothing of the sort, urged another. Hew fast to the Taylor Rule, John B. Taylor, himself the author of the very rule, modestly proposed (i.e., fix the federal funds rate at one-and-a-half times the inflation rate plus one-half times the shortfall of GDP from potential, plus one). The half-dozen authorities shared not much common ground except to ignore the principles on which the dollar was defined in 1792 and those on which the Federal Reserve was enacted in 1913. The burden of this essay is that they thereby missed the point.

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