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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 02, 2010

The Link Between Public Debt and Private Wages / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Adrian_Ash

BETWEEN V.E. Day in 1945 and June 1947, the United States shrank its armed forces from twelve million people to around 1.5 million.

The impact on the economy – and on the US Treasury's then record debts – is hard to overstate...

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 02, 2010

Euribor’s Wobble, How Nervous Should We Be? / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince the beginning of May, Euribor has traded in a clearly defined sideways pattern. Our analysis of this contract had broadly been that it had little room to rally further due to the economic recovery clearly underway, but no reason to turn into a bear market yet since that recovery was still too fragile.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 01, 2010

US Treasury Bond Holders Have Nothing to Fear today, Just Look How Low Yields Are! / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"BOY, the bond vigilantes are really on the warpath," jokes Paul Krugman, noting in his blog at the NY Times that 10-year Treasury yields ended Tuesday below 3.0%.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Municipal Bonds Crisis, I Get A Pat On the Back From Warren Buffett / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack in February 2010 ago, I wrote an article titled, The Municipal Bond Crisis is About to Begin. The main points presented in that piece were all based on simple common sense. The were:

  1. Most state governments are broke or in the process of going broke
  2. Tax receipts were falling (so less money for state coffers)
  3. Muni bonds would collapse as governments chose to default rather than honor their payments
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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eurozone and U.S. LIBOR Interbank Interest Rates Divergence / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Tale of Two Cities - New York vs. Frankfurt - Chart 1 shows the recent behavior of the 3-month interbank loan rates in U.S. dollars and euros. Both in dollar and euro terms, these interest rates began drifting up in the second half of April as the Greek, Portugal and Spain (GPS) sovereign debt challenges came to the fore. If GPS were to default on its sovereign debt, this would have an adverse impact on some European banks. These potential losses for European banks caused interbank lending to "tighten up," thereby driving up interbank loan rates.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Facing Debt Reality, Most of the So-called Developed World is Broke / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: David_Galland

Best Financial Markets Analysis Articleby David Galland, Managing Editor, The Casey Report writes: Scanning through a local newspaper this week, I came across a letter to the editor that speaks volumes about the popular misconceptions that are dragging this country, and the world, to its knees.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Four Reasons Why the Fed Will Try Quantitative Easing / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

While we were led to believe that the Fed would begin tightening upon recovery, new fears of a double dip have sparked the Keynesian clan into moving in the opposite direction.  Soon enough, we believe, a new quantitative easing program will be unveiled.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Social Function of Credit Default Swaps / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Philipp_Bagus

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhenever the government causes a mess, chances are high that it will accuse speculators of being responsible.[1] In the recent financial crisis, speculators and their financial instruments have been under attack again. Some famous investors have even supported governments' attacks on speculators. Warren Buffet has called derivatives "financial weapons of mass destruction."

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Interest-Rates

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fed Credit, Inflation and the Idiots in the Middle / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA whole series of alarms occurred after I got the news, although I lost the source, that “food stamp usage just soared to a new record high” of 40.2 million persons.

This number is alarming in itself because it means that the economy is so bad that more and more hungry people cannot afford to even feed themselves, sort of like teenagers, but with hopefully better manners and dietary choices.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, June 28, 2010

Weak Economic Data Sends Treasury Bond Prices Higher / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

The bond market was stronger last week as bonds rallied with help from disturbingly weak fundamental data and a fading equity market.  The final release of the first quarter GDP figure was revised down from the first cut of 3.5% to 3.0% on the second look and finally to 2.7% on last week’s figure.  Honestly it is beyond me how consensus can still be looking for 3-4% growth during the second half of 2010 in the US and Canada!  From my vantage point we will be lucky to print a positive number by the last quarter on either side of the border.  The front end of the economy is in shambles, the Fed is out of easing bullets as it is already at 0% and the newly found fiscal responsibility across the globe is certainly highly advisable but its short term impact will most likely be quite painful.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 25, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bond TLT ETF Pressuring Resistance / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The iShares 20+ Yr T-Bond ETF (NYSE: TLT) continues to trade in a high-level coil-type pattern that is putting increasing upward pressure on the 100.00 resistance plateau amidst deteriorating economic data, an uncertain business environment, and defensive equity markets.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 25, 2010

When It Comes to Increasing Aggregate Demand, What's Fiscal Policy without Monetary Policy? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Not much. Suppose the central government decides to increase spending without increasing taxes. Where do the funds come from? From entities who are willing to lend. If those lending entities are the nonbank public, for the most part, all this does is transfer spending power to the central government from these entities. Net, net, total spending in the economy does not increase. Rather, there is just a change in the distribution of spending.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 24, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bonds Look Attractive / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Guy_Lerner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are two trades in this market: the risk trade and the non-risk trade. The risk trade is in equities and all the other assets, like commodities, real estate and emerging markets, that have become highly correlated to equities. The non-risk trade is in bonds. This works when equities don't. With the bounce in equities sputtering (but not having rolled over yet), Treasury bonds are looking attractive.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fed’s Next Move is to Ease U.S. Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Michael_Pento

The FOMC meets today to discuss their record-low interest rate policy. The announcement of their decision will be released on Wednesday. While no increase in interest rates is expected, there is little doubt amongst investors that the future direction for the central bank’s target rate will be up. In fact, Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig has repeatedly expressed his desire for an increase in overnight lending rates to 1 percent from the current zero-0.25 percent range by the end of summer.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, June 21, 2010

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

By: Levente_Mady

The bond market was flat and choppy again last week as bonds held their ground even as equities continued to rally.  A little less than a month ago we reported that bonds became 2.5 standard deviations expensive to stocks.  That is no longer the case as that relationship is closer to neutral now due mostly to the rally in the stock market.  The fundamental news remains quite supportive, as most of the data points to non-existent inflation and a slowdown in economic activity.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 17, 2010

U.S. Fights Global Debt Crisis Hangover: Getting Drunk in the Process? / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo understand how the ongoing global credit crisis may evolve, let’s look at some cultural and structural considerations. Last decade, despite being told that there may be no money to fund retirement, American consumers ramped up vast amounts of credit card debt; the European consumer, in contrast, reined in spending. Presently, European countries have recognized their debt burdens and are committed to austerity measures – contrast this with the U.S. approach: despite Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Bernanke’s warnings about unsustainable deficits, policy makers in the U.S. have proposed a $200 billion mini-stimulus package, advising the world to stimulate consumption now, with little apparent concern over future deficit implications.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Spain's Financial System on the Verge of Collapse or Speculators Are Exaggerating Banks Vulnerability / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: Somebody is bluffing.

Either Spain's financial system is on the verge of a breakdown, or hedge funds and speculators are exaggerating the vulnerability of Spain's banks to capitalize on short-selling Eurozone securities.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vanguard 10-Yr U.S. Treasury Yield Interest Rate Forecast / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAccording to Vanguard projections (made 3/29/10 for, AAII Journal, June 2010, page 7) 10-yr Treasury rates are implied by the current yield curve to be 4.4%, 5.2% and 5.6% by 1 year, 3 years and 5 years into the future. The current rate (June 15) is 3.32%.

They don't do a great job of explaining just how they got to those projections, but given their huge bond asset base, we think they should be presumed to be well qualified to make the projections.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

U.S. Debt Bomb Detonation Expedited by 5 Years / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Michael_Pento

A Treasury Department report to Congress last week stated that total U.S. debt will climb to $19.6 trillion by 2015, as opposed to the 2019 date previously estimated. Treasury also estimated that total U.S. debt will top 13.6 trillion this year and would rise to 102% of GDP by 2015 as well. And most astonishingly, the report projected that the publicly traded debt (debt excluding intragovernmental obligations) would rise to $14 trillion by 2015, up from last year’s debt of “just” $7.5 trillion.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Is There Really a Debt Crisis? / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Clif_Droke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the most debated topics today concerns the level of debt as it concerns consumers, corporations and governments. Government debt has commanded a particularly large share of the limelight in recent weeks. Among those who are concerned that debt levels have reached "crisis" proportions, there's seems to be a consensus that the debt balloon has reached well night the bursting point, and further, we have reached the point of no return when it comes to the servicing of the debt.

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