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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Friday, February 11, 2011

Investors Protect Yourself From the Looming U.S. Muni Bond Market Storm / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Let's make one thing perfectly clear: Wall Street analyst Meredith Whitney is not crying wolf. Whitney - who gained fame for correctly predicting the U.S. banking implosion that presaged a global credit crisis - is now warning us about defaults in the $2.9 trillion municipal bond market.

Whitney is being savaged for this latest prognostication, mostly by institutional money managers who resent the way that she's roiled the traditionally sleepy "muni" market.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Euro Dollar Market and Financial Crises / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Christopher_Quigley

Eurodollars are time deposits denominated in U.S. dollars at banks outside the United States, and thus are not under the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve. Consequently, such deposits are subject to much less regulation than similar deposits within the U.S., allowing for higher margins. The term was originally coined for U.S. dollars in European banks, but it expanded over the years to its present definition: a U.S. dollar-denominated deposit in Tokyo or Beijing would be likewise deemed a Eurodollar deposit. There is no connection with the euro currency or the euro zone. The first Eurodollars were created by deposits made by the Moscow Narodny bank in 1957 to its branch in London to protect Russian State foreign reserves during the cold war.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fed Dual Mandates, the Price of Gold, and Tinfoil Hats / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs noted in Republicans Attack Dual Mandate, a group of Republicans want to remove the Fed’s employment mandate and have the Fed focus solely on keeping prices stable.

This got me thinking once again about dual or triple mandates, and also the price of gold.


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Interest-Rates

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Insights from Q&A of Bernanke’s Testimony / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChairman Bernanke's testimony today was a repetition of the February 3, 2011 speech at the National Press Club.  He stressed that the unemployment rate was unacceptably high and inflation was low.  In Q&A session, Representative Ryan questioned Chairman Bernanke about whether the Fed is monetizing debt.  Bernanke explained that "debt monetization" stands for a permanent change in money supply to finance the debt.  He went on to add that the Fed plans to reverse course, thus it is not debt monetization.  Money supply grew 4.2% from a year ago during the week ended January 24 (see Chart 1), which is hardly indicative of impending inflationary pressures.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

U.S. Debt, Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lender / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTerry Coxon, The Casey Report writes: It was Otto von Bismarck who explained that “politics is the art of the possible.” We can thank him for that much, but he didn’t tell the whole story. I’ll give you the rest of it. Politics is the art of the possible fictions you can get away with.

Politics is mostly dissembling, and the dissembling is mostly about dodging personal responsibility for the messes governments make. It works out that way because making messes is most of what governments do. So when we ponder how the U.S. government will go about defaulting on its debts, a good way to approach the question is to consider how a default might be presented.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Mythology and Official Nonsense Used to Justify QE2 / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith the advent, then the continuation of the Quantitative Easing exercise in hyper-inflation and capital destruction, the US Federal Reserve has perhaps taken its deeply damaged reputation as a central banker and decimated it into shreds. They have lost the respect of the world, more so outside the nation's borders than inside. The financial sector and politicians seem unable to stop showing deep reverence for the post, even licking the Chairman's boots whenever he appears before the USCongress. Recent hints of contempt in WashingtonDC are encouraging. He has not made a single correct forecast on major items.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Ben Bernanke and The Confidence Men / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBarack Obama, Ben Bernanke and other government officials always talk about the importance of "confidence" to the economy. But that is because they are confidence men (aka. conmen) playing a confidence game (congame).

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Special Delivery Message from the U.S. Bond Markets! / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Brian_Bloom

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat happened on the bond markets today was very significant from a technical perspective.

Pure logic dictates that if investors are expecting “inflation” in the future, then the gap between long dated yields and short dated yields would be GROWING. Money in the future will be worth less than money today. Therefore the price of future money needs to be higher in order to compensate. The unarguable technical fact is that the markets signed off today that the gap between short and long yields is NARROWING. Expectations of inflation cannot be the reason for such a development.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Muni Bonds: Matt Taibbi's Antidote to Meredith Whitney / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Janet_Tavakoli

The credit-worthiness of specific muni bonds, particularly non-general obligation project bonds, has become a hot topic since "AAA" bond insurers imploded, partly due to mispriced risk premiums on protection they wrote on value-destroying CDOs for Wall Street banks.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Chinese Puzzle, U.S. Debt Holdings / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Professor_Emeritus

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePosition papers of professorfekete #4, February 7, 2011

There is really just one question about China, the Western mindset's "enigma wrapped in mystery". How could the Chinese have made the colossal mistake of investing their hard-earned savings in the debt of the U.S. government -- to the tune of $ 1 trillion, the largest sum one country has ever loaned another in all history. (There is only one other puzzle greater than this: How could the U.S. government in good faith allow its debt to accumulate in Chinese hands? But we leave that question for another occasion to discuss.) U.S. debt is easy to buy but hard to get rid of. The harder, the larger are the sums involved.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

U.S. Low Interest Rates and High Deficits Aren't Helping Jobs Growth / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: When the government released its latest jobs report last week, economists were initially cheered because it showed that the nation's unemployment level had dropped much more sharply than anyone expected.

But that cheer immediately turned into concern when the report also revealed that the U.S. economy created only 36,000 new jobs in January. That's so far below the norm for this stage of an economic recovery that it would take us 10 years to put back to work all the folks who have lost their jobs since 2007.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Meredith Whitney Is Right About Munis, And her Critics are Con men / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: LewRockwell

Mark R. Crovelli writes: Imagine for a second that you are a financial analyst, financial advisor, institutional investor, or trader who specializes in municipal bonds. Your goal, presumably, is to determine which municipalities in the United States are creditworthy enough to justify lending money to them.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

UK Fixed Mortgage Interest Rates Hit 6 Month High / Interest-Rates / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Average mortgage rates today stand at their highest level in six months as lenders pass on rising funding costs to borrowers.

The cost to lenders of raising funding on the swap rate market has soared in recent months. At the end of November, the two-year swap rate stood at 1.35%, today it stands at 1.98% - 47% higher.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, February 07, 2011

Global Credit Crisis Contagion On the Verge Again / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleApparent disparities and idiosyncrasies between Western economies and China (at center of the emerging market model) continue to grow more profound, which will eventually end badly by popping the larger global credit bubble for good this time. This is of course not to say that our ambitious and greedy bankers and their crony politicians will disappear overnight, however if the serial bubbles in stocks, bonds, and anything that moves are popped, they will definitely have a great deal less currency to work with moving forward.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, February 07, 2011

Bond Market, The Most Dangerous Bubble of All / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: Martin_D_Weiss

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you agree that the tech bubble of the 1990s and the housing bubble of the 2000s were extreme, then you must not ignore a bubble that could be the most dangerous of all — grossly overvalued bonds.

That’s precisely the bubble we have right now! And in just a moment, I’ll tell you why it’s going to bust. But first, consider …

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Interest-Rates

Friday, February 04, 2011

Junk Bonds Sending a Warning Signal to Stock Market / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Junk bonds got issued at record rates in 2009 and again in 2010. And that pace has carried over into the New Year.

While the ability to raise money in the less-than-investment- grade bond market indicates that the market is getting back to where it used to be, there are reasons to be worried.

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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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