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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Central Banking 101: What the Fed Can do as "Lender of Last Resort" / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

We’ve seen behind the curtain, as the Fed waved its magic liquidity wand over Wall Street.  Now it’s time to enlist this tool in the service of the people.

The Fed’s invisible hand first really became visible with the bailout of AIG.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in June 2009:   

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Bell Tolls for the U.S. Treasury Bond Market Investors / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is an old adage on Wall Street: no one rings a bell to signal a market top or bottom. Yet, I have found that bells do ring; it's just that few people know exactly what sound to listen for.

Perhaps the biggest and most liquid of all markets is for US government bonds. That market has been rallying for almost thirty years. The bull can be traced back to 1981, when Treasury bond yields peaked at about 15%. At that time, high inflation and a weakening dollar had justifiably squelched demand for Treasuries. Even the ultra-high interest rates were not enough to attract buyers.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 17, 2010

Shorting U.S. Treasury Bonds Using TBT / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Guy_Lerner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have been highlighting higher Treasury yields since October 15 (well before the heard), and I also mentioned on December 8 that the move higher in Treasury yields would "pick up steam". But every price move has its limits, and the Ultra Short Lehman 20+ Year Treasury (symbol: TBT) is no different.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 16, 2010

How to Reduce the U.S. National Debt Without Raising Taxes or Cutting Spending / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Sekora writes: Discussions about deficits and debt reduction inevitably center on whether and how to reduce government spending or increase tax rates. Proponents of increasing taxes argue over what level tax rates should be increased to and for which segments of the population. Proponents of decreased spending debate which federal programs should be trimmed or eliminated altogether. But this choice is a classic false dichotomy. If we grow the economy enough, we won’t have to rely on massive tax hikes or spending cuts.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quantitative Easing Unintended Consequences, Rising Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCorrect me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember that one of the reasons for QE2 was to lower rates on the longer end of the US yield curve. Clearly, that has not happened? Today we look at come of the unintended consequences of monetary policy, turn our eyes briefly to consumer debt, and wonder about deflating incomes. There are a lot of very interesting things to cover. (This letter will print long, but there are a lot of graphs. Usual amount of copy.)

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chinese Take-Out Of The U.S. Economy, Debt Crisis Triggering Reserves Conversion into Gold and Silver / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Chinese really must think the American strategy and behavior to be braindead and self-destructive. The US helped them assemble a manufacturing industry, replaced US income with debt, and finally faces the Grim Reaper in a national episode of systemic failure. The US leadership is as stupid and mindless as the population is driven by compulsive consumption over the cliff, as the nation faces ruin. The Jackass warning has been for five years that the Chinese experiment would end in tragedy, and that when a preponderance of USTreasury debt is owned by foreigners, especially a single foreign nation, the Untied States will lose its sovereignty.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bond Interest Rates Rising Steeply / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Richard_Shaw

Contrary to Bernanke's goal of lowering interest rates by the QE II intervention, rates have been rising. In fact, they have begun to rise steeply as of late, with corresponding decline in bond prices. The following two charts for the 10-year Treasury bond illustrate the situation (top chart yield, bottom chart price). Better cash than bonds right now - or high quality, high yield growth US equities.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

U.S. Bond Market Investment Strategy For 2011 / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: For those seeking greater safety, bonds will be the wrong place to look in 2011.

To understand why, we need to look back more than 25 years - to a time when economic conditions were very different than they are today.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Fed’s Final Days, The Temple Of Paper Money Is Under Seige / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn 2008, America suffered a massive economic heart attack. Its doctors, thought to be the world’s best, believed the US to be in good health, having recovered from a similar though smaller crisis in 2000.

But America hadn’t recovered. In fact, the Fed’s palliative for the 2000 crisis, i.e. lower interest rates, soon created an even larger crisis, i.e. the 2002-2006 US housing bubble whose collapse caused global credit markets to contract and investment banks to fall, necessitating government intervention on such a massive scale it led to today’s sovereign debt crisis as private losses were absorbed onto public balance sheets; and, now, in 2010, the crisis continues to fester and spread.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Muni Bond Funds Blood Bath, Will it Continue? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInquiring minds are watching a huge selloff in Municipal Bond Funds. Here are a few charts.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FOMC Policy Statement, Fed on Watch-and-Wait Mode / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Fed is essentially on a watch-and-wait mode.  The asset purchase plan of $600 billion of longer-term Treasury securities, known as QE2, was left intact and the program is set to expire in June 2011.  The Fed made small modifications to the November policy statement.  The pace of economic recovery is now seen as "insufficient to bring down unemployment" vs. a more amorphous description in November that output and employment conditions are "slow."  The Fed upgraded its view about consumer spending and depicted it as "increasing at a moderate pace," while in November, the Fed saw consumer spending as "increasing gradually."  The retail sales report of November (see discussion below) justifies this modification.  The Fed indicated in November that "housing starts continue to be depressed," which is now revised to read as the "housing sector continues to be depressed."

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 14 FOMC Meeting, Interest Rate Surprises Are Unlikely / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe last FOMC meeting for 2010 is likely to end without any surprises. The Fed is expected to maintain the current band (0%-25%) for the federal funds rate. There has been significant criticism about the $600 billion purchase of Treasury securities to provide an extra lift to economic activity and bring about a lower unemployment rate. The Fed projected lower interest rates and a depreciation of the dollar as a result of the second round of purchases of securities, termed as QE2. However, yields have risen since the announcement of QE2 on November 3. The 10-year Treasury note yield closed at 3.32% on December 10, the highest since June 10, 2010 (see Chart 1). Mortgage rates have risen close to 40bps since November 3 (see Chart 1).

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 13, 2010

Higher Long-Term U.S. Treasury Yields Ahead / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The eventuality of higher longer-term Treasury yields in the weeks and months ahead appears to be relentlessly marching towards us now. Time to start monitoring the UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ETF (TBT) for the next entry window on the long side.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wall Street Gives Uncle Sam Too Much Credit / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Michael_Pento

Despite the fact that the S&P is up over 80% in the last 21 months, US financial firms are currently tripping over each other in their zeal to raise their S&P 500 and GDP targets for 2011. JPMorgan's chief US equities strategist, Thomas Lee, came out on December 3rd with a target of 1425 on the S&P for 2011, which would be a 15 percent gain. Barclays Capital last Thursday released a 1420 estimate. Not to be outdone, Goldman Sachs also recently released its forecast, and it sees a more-than-20 percent increase next year, to 1450. Meanwhile, PIMCO's idea of a "new normal" has translated into a 2011 GDP forecast raised from 2-2.5% to 3-3.5% due to "massive" government stimulus.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 11, 2010

European Monetary System Crisis, Euro Zone on the Edge of Collapse / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBelieve it or not the euro zone and European Union crisis is still in the formative stages.

The bailout packages arranged for Greece and Ireland are not to bail out those two countries, but to bail out the European banks that lent to them and bought their bonds when it was imprudent to do so. They knew, because they control the governments that the public of the solvent governments would bail them out. Thus, the governments of Ireland and Greece with Portugal and Spain to follow will be showered with an Anglo-American style bailout.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 10, 2010

U.S. Interest Rates Surge as Fed, Congress Crush Debtholders / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWashington, 0. The bond market, 1.

That’s the score folks, in case you haven’t been keeping track. The Federal Reserve Chairman said his $600 billion “QE2″ program would lower interest rates. Instead, rates have done nothing but rise since investors got wind of the Treasury buying plan.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 09, 2010

How a Dull Investment can be a Great Investment / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI spent my childhood discussing the stock market at the dinner table. My dad was a stock broker, and he loved to "tell the story" of the stocks he recommended to customers -- a story that included critical information about the industry, the products, earnings, and the outlook for the future. Most children might find it dull, but I was mesmerized.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 09, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bond Market’s Perception of Economic Recovery Path is Strongly Bullish, But Mind the Hurdles / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe 10-year Treasury note yield has climbed from a recent low of 2.41% (October 6-8, 2010) to 3.27% as of this writing.  The 86 bps increase in yield in a short span reflects the market's assessment of likely improvements in economic conditions during the months ahead and the impact of a projected increase in supply of Treasury debt as a result of the compromise tax deal President Obama announced yesterday. 

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Bernanke Will continue Printing Money as the Federal Deficit Explodes Higher / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Claus_Vogt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe “grand compromise” between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans to extend the Bush era tax cuts will have two extremely severe repercussions:

First, it means that the federal deficit will EXPLODE beyond the worst estimates of the most pessimistic deficit prognosticators. And in response, interest rates are already soaring, with 10-year Treasury yields jumping nearly a quarter of a point just yesterday!

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

What's Up At the Fed? / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

The last week was a full Federal Reserve soap opera, full of events and action that should appear suspicious to most anyone. 

First, the Federal Reserve complies with a request to release information about its emergency lending and monetary policy actions during the financial crisis, at which point it is found the Fed was willing to hand cash to just about anyone.  Next, Bernanke comes out on 60 Minutes, a very popular and watched program, to discuss quantitative easing three.  Has the chairman gone mad? 

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