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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Will the Federal Reserve Bank Sink the Australian Economy? / Interest-Rates / Austrailia

By: Gerard_Jackson

Dr Stephen Kirchner figures that the Reserve should have acted sooner with respect to inflation. (Centre for Independent Studies Reserve Did Not Go Far or Fast Enough ). Unfortunately Dr Kirchner's article did nothing to illuminate the present inflationary situation and the role of interest rates. In fact, I got the distinct impression that he believes that monetary expansion[1 does not matter. This view was reinforced by his opinion that:

If the RBA's forecasts are right, then the Australian economy will need to slow dramatically by the end of this year, just to bring inflation back to the top of the target range by the end of 2010. 

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

US Money Supply and the Bond Market Blackhole / Interest-Rates / Money Supply

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith a show of hands, how many people really believe the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics when they report that inflation is running at 2 – 4 %? 

I'm not seeing very many hands. 

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 18, 2008

US Treasury Bonds Range Trade Around 4% / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Treasury market streaked to 3 positive weeks in a row even after higher than expected inflation data.

On the financial sector front, write-offs have now exceeded $500 Billion. Conservative estimates from established organizations such as the IMF are forecasting the final tab to be over a trillion dollars. Meanwhile more pessimistic forecasters such as Nouriel Roubini are looking for double that figure by the time it is all done. The take away from this story is that the write-offs are nowhere close to being finished. The flavour of the past week was auction rate securities.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 11, 2008

Foreign Investors Growing Weary of US Junk Paper / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Captain_Hook

You Can Stiff Some Of The People Some Of The Time - But, you can't stiff all the people all of the time. To what do we refer? Answer: The likelihood that once the Beijing Olympics are over, because increasing defaults of US corporate paper / agency debt leave a worsening bad taste on foreigner's palates, demand for domestic sovereign debt is expected to wane at an accelerating rate, which would send bond yields (market rates) higher – possibly much higher.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 11, 2008

US Treasury Bond Market Outlook / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

The Treasury market managed to make it 2 positive weeks in a row even in the face of a stronger stock market.

Last week it was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's turn to report losses that were out of this galaxy. Both of those stocks are now trading comfortably under $10 per share, but the Administration still maintains that there is no bailout necessary to save these mortgage behemoths. Credit spreads remain under pressure and liquidity is not improving. The Wall/Bay street analyst community is slow to react but the torrent of downgrades keep poring in as a result. On-going problems on this front are likely to support the bond market.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fed Failing to Get Credit Flowing / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_and_Markets

Mike Larson writes: Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's no secret what the Federal Reserve — as well as Congress and the Bush administration — want. They want banks to open their wallets. They want lenders to keep the credit flowing. They want firms of all stripes to take the Fed's cheap money and DO something with it — make business loans, make mortgages, make car loans, you name it.

But the lenders aren't playing ball!

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 11, 2008

Could Lower Commodity Prices Pave the Way to Steady Interest Rates? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWilliam Patalon III writes: With oil trading near a three-month low (and corn now at a four-month low), U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers may have just the ammunition they need to hold the line on interest rates for the foreseeable future - or at least until their Sept. 16 policymaking meeting.

On the other hand, threats of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and geopolitical turmoil in Iraq, Turkey, Nigeria - and now the fireworks between Russia and Georgia - could spark a dramatic reversal in sentiment and renew fears of supply disruptions.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Czech Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Victoria_Marklew

As anticipated (see Daily Global Commentary, July 30: " Surging Central European Currencies: Running Out of Steam? "), the Czech central bank switched to easing mode yesterday, lowering its key repo rate by 25bps to 3.50% - the first actual cut in over four years. Governor Tuma noted that the Czech economy is in a "declining phase" and that a "bigger dampening" is now expected. The bank also lowered its GDP growth forecasts to 4.1% this year (prev. 4.7%) and 3.6% in 2009 (prev. 4.0%). Tuma also warned that he could not exclude another rate cut this year. The vote by the six-member policy board reportedly was unanimous.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, August 08, 2008

Auction-Rate Debt Buyback, Now What? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Paul_Lamont

With news of UBS' $19 Billion dollar buyback of frozen auction-rate debt , we expect former clients of UBS ( Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Wachovia and Bank of America, too ) to begin looking for secure places for their cash. Some may even be considering CDs. We would like to point out to investors that CDs (in fact all deposits) allow banks to borrow short and lend long.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, August 07, 2008

UK Interest Rates on Hold as Economy heads towards Stagflation / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England paralysed by fear of igniting a wage price spiral amidst surging inflation is again expected to keep UK interest rates on hold at 5% despite the UK housing market plunging off the edge of a cliff towards what will be come to be known as the UK house price crash of Summer 2008. The UK economy is fast decelerating towards a recession during mid 2009 GDP data which would normally call for rate cuts to start now, which would require surprisingly benign yet to be released inflation data for July.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Credit Crisis Continues as Banks Sell Assets to Cover Losses / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: "Have we seen the worst from the financial sector?"

The question - a very good one - came from an audience member following my global investing presentation at the Agora Wealth Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia. During my entire time there, the interest in the ongoing credit crisis was intense.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Fed's Next US Interest Rate Move is Down / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: John_Browne

Yesterday, the Fed surprised no one and left its key rates unchanged and gave no indication that the committee was preparing to raise or lower rates anytime in the foreseeable future. As always, the market reactions were much more interesting and unpredictable. In this case, bond markets barely changed, the U.S. stock market jumped, and Euro futures strengthened slightly against the U.S. dollar.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Talk of US Rate Hikes is Comical Says Pimco Chief Bill Gross / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Mike_Shedlock

Yahoo!Finance is reporting Fed Can't Raise Rates .
The Federal Reserve's decision to hold the line on interest rates was the only move the central bank could make considering the state of the US economy, PIMCO chief Bill Gross said on CNBC.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

US Financial System in Crisis as Government Hides the Truth to Prevent Bond Market Panic / Interest-Rates / Financial Crash

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Weiss writes: With America's economy sinking rapidly into recession, with much of America's financial system teetering on the brink, and with a presidential election just three months from today, our leaders in Washington are under siege.

What are they saying behind closed doors? What worst-case scenarios are they contemplating? What contingency measures are they debating?

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

US Blackmailed By China on Fannie and Freddie Bailout / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBloomberg is reporting Fannie's Mudd Soothed Asian Investors as Bonds Rose .
Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Daniel Mudd was sitting down to a glass of wine with his wife at their Washington home around 10 p.m. on Saturday July 12 when Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 04, 2008

Homebuilder Credit Defaults Swaps Review / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn light of the WCI Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing this morning, inquiring minds have been asking "Who's Next?"

While that question cannot be directly answered, we can take a look at how the credit market players perceive the situation.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 04, 2008

US Treasury Bonds Auctions to Put Dampener on Bond Market Rally / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn spite of the bounce in the financial stocks, the negative news continues to pour in on the earnings (or lack thereof) front in that sector. Last week we saw Merrill Lynch in the news again as they wrote off another $5 billion+ in assets. Leading basket cases Fannie and Freddie will be rescued by the government but that will not be much help to the shareholders. Ongoing problems on this front are likely to support the bond market.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, August 01, 2008

Last Warning? Negative Real US Interest Rates Igniting Inflation / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"...First warning? Gold doubles as the Greenspan Fed makes real interest rates negative for the first time in 25 years. Now his successor is at it again..."

SO ALAN GREENSPAN – former chairman of the Federal Reserve – thinks this equals the Great Crash, if not out-bads it.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, August 01, 2008

Greenspan the Credit Crunch Maestro Won't Face the Music / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn an interview yesterday on CNBC, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan cast his eyes on the charred landscape of the national real estate market and offered high-minded criticisms of the obvious excesses and irrationalities that brought on the devastation.  Greenspan's attitude was akin to a retired drug dealer lamenting the urban blight caused by rampant addiction.  He noted that housing prices were still too high, that too many homeowners were upside down on their mortgages, and that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were accidents waiting to happen.  Methinks the serial bubble blower doth protest too much.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fed Massive Injections of Liquidity to Fuel Surging Inflation / Interest-Rates / Inflation

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt amazes me how many investors are now concerned about a deflationary spiral occurring in commodity prices. They site oil prices that are slightly off all time highs or a falling CRB index as their examples. While it is true many commodities are off historic highs, it is hardly reasonable to project a continuation of falling asset prices given the state of the banking sector and the consumer.

I know that sounds counterintuitive given the current state of the credit crisis, but it is exactly that crisis and the Fed's response to it, which will soon forge the path to inflation rates the likes of which have never before been experienced in this country's history. The most important question investors must ask themselves is how inflationary is the current 2% Fed Funds rate?

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