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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Dark Side of the QE Circus / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Andy_Sutton

There may come a day soon where the markets sell off if one of the whiskers in Big Ben’s beard is out of place. Or perhaps if his tie is a bit crooked. Or maybe we end up with Janet Yellen as the next puppet in charge over at the local banking cabal and we fret about her hairdo. I don’t know, but one thing that is for certain is that this central bank so wants to be loved and we are so under psychological attack with all of this QE nonsense that it isn’t even funny.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tapering the Fed QE Taper Talk / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Peter_Schiff

As usual the Federal Reserve media reaction machine has fallen for a poorly executed head fake. It has been fooled by this move many times in the past and for its efforts it has tackled nothing but air. Yet right on cue, it took the bait once more. Somehow the takeaway from Wednesday's release of the June Fed statement and the Bernanke press conference is that the Central bank is likely to begin scaling back, or "tapering," it's $85 billion per month quantitative easing program sometime later this year, and that the program may be completely wound down by the middle of next year.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 21, 2013

Why U.S. Interest Rates Are Rising Sharply Even Though Inflation Is Non-Existent / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: As we all know, the Federal Reserve has two mandates: keep the inflation rate low (officially, they have an optimal rate of two percent) and try to keep employment at or near maximum levels.

Because the extent of the recession has been so large and deep, in both of these measures, the Federal Reserve has not yet attained either goal. As a result, the Federal Reserve has enacted an extremely aggressive monetary policy stance.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 21, 2013

U.S. Treasury Bond Market Implosion Has Officially Begun / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Graham_Summers

The QE Infinite parade officially ended yesterday when Bernanke hinted at tapering QE later this year or in mid-2014.

I first warned Private Wealth Advisory subscribers about this in mid-May writing,

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Will Rising Interest Rates Ruin the Economic Recovery? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Clif_Droke

Sometimes words speak louder than actions. That has certainly been the case lately with the Fed hinting that it may taper off asset purchases by the end of this year.

On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Bernanke said the Federal Reserve would keep monetary policy loose a while longer but hinted that the days of easing may be numbered. Bernanke said that the Fed may wind down its quantitative easing (QE) program if the economy continues to improve.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Detroit the Epicentre of the U.S. Death Spiral of Debt? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: Debt is deadly, and it’s made even worse with rising interest rates that prevent you from eliminating the debt load. What happens with rising interest rates is that payments mostly go toward the interest and less to the principal. In fact, it’s what I call a death spiral of debt that worsens as rates move higher.

When individuals face excessive debt, often the solution is to pare down on spending and adhere to a strict debt repayment program.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 20, 2013

FOMC Meeting: Fed Provides No Direction to Markets on QE Tapering / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Money_Morning

Diane Alter writes: Market participants were hoping for clarity following the highly anticipated FOMC meeting Wednesday on the big question: to taper, or not to taper?

As many expected, there were no explicit statements about when the Fed would end its massive quantitative easing (QE) measures.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Vast $2.6+ Trillion Quantitative Easing (QE) to End? / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: DK_Matai

An unprecedented monetary policy so supportive of US and global recovery has now begun to turn, as indicated recently by the Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.  The step-by-step halt and exit from this type of multi-trillion-dollar QE remains untried and untested, so we remain in totally uncharted waters in regard to unintended consequences.  Is there huge market volatility next?  Most probably, yes!  Just watch the long term interest rates rising as there was no real sterilisation of this massive injection of money supply in trillions of dollars over the last five years on top of the $800+ billion total Federal Reserve balance sheet inherited in March 2008. [See Federal Reserve chart and note ATCA 5000 briefing: "Why The End of QE May Be Imminent? Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust"]

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bill Gross - Bernanke is Driving in the Fog / Interest-Rates / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Bloomberg

PIMCO co-CIO Bill Gross appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart" with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson today, where he said that investors who are selling Treasuries on expectations that the Federal Reserve will scale back QE are missing the influence of inflation on the Fed's decision. He said, "The market basically has misinterpreted the growth and the unemployment targets while leaving out the inflation targets going forward…This is a combined growth, unemployment and inflation type of combination that has to be delicately managed."

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

China's Credit Crunch Signaling Stress in Global Financial System / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Jesse

Here is some interesting data out of China. The story is by Matt Phillips.

The inter-bank liquidity crunch is a classic banking problem for which the central bank as lender and regulator was created.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grumblings of Fed’s QE Taper; What Will Happen in Wake of Today’s FOMC Meeting? / Interest-Rates / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: The wait is over. The Federal Reserve will conclude its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today and, of course, all of you will know what Chairman Ben Bernanke’s current thinking will be.

We have been hearing grumblings from other Federal Reserve members across the nation about how the voting members should consider tapering the Fed’s bond buying.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Only Thing Certain About Today’s Fed FOMC Meeting / Interest-Rates / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Graham_Summers

The Fed will announce its moves today at 2PM.

There’s really no telling what will happen. The markets have become truly schizophrenic. For instance, stocks continue to rally as though more QE is coming.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

END GAME Singularity: The System Will Be Purged through Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2013

By: Charlie_Tarango

Interest 

Interest Rates represent the Balance Between Capital and Labor.

Economic History revolves around that Balance Moving from one extreme to the other.

Human Nature and Mathematics Drive those Swings.  No Group or Force can Stop that.  Any Machination or Manipulation, Individually or Collectively can only Elongate, Not Alter that Outcome.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What the U.S. Treasury Bond Market Says About Likelihood of Fed QE Tapering / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Graham_Summers

The big question on every investors’ lips today and tomorrow is: “will the Fed announce or hint at tapering QE?”

Over the last two years, one of the biggest tools in the Fed’s arsenal has been verbal intervention: the act of saying something in order to push the market up. Time and again 2011-2012 saw various Fed Presidents appear at key points to push the market higher by promising more action or stimulus.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

U.S. Treasury Bond Bubble Red Alert, QE Taper Talk Puts Bonds at Risk – Where to Hide? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Axel_Merk

Induced by “taper talk,” volatility in the bond market has been surging of late. Is there a bond bubble? Is it bursting? And if so, what are investors to do, as complacency might be financially hazardous.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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

By: Brian_Bloom

On reflection, the two weekly charts below should have been included in the equity market overview that I sent out yesterday (http://www.beyondneanderthal.com/equity-market-risks-are-rising-3/ ).

A significant “sell” signal has been given on the weekly bond price chart.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bill Gross: Why QE Will End Before the Fed Wants It To / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Money_Morning

Ben Gersten writes: Legendary bond guru Bill Gross doesn't think too highly of the Federal Reserve and Ben Bernanke's monetary policies.

"There comes a point when no matter how much blood is being pumped through the system as it is now, with zero-based policy rates and global quantitative easing programs, that the blood itself may become anemic, oxygen-starved, or even leukemic, with white blood cells destroying more productive red cell counterparts," Gross writes in his June investment outlook titled Wounded Heart.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

U.S. Bond Market - If There’s a Time to Panic… It’s Now / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Investment_U

Alexander Green writes: I received several letters from readers concerning my recent column opining that the 30-year bull market in bonds is over.

Some asked if it was really that big a deal that bonds fell by 2% in May. The answer is yes. It is a big deal, especially when 10-year Treasurys yielded just 1.7% a month ago. That slight sell-off erased more than a year’s worth of interest.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 07, 2013

Is Compound Interest Friend Or Foe? / Interest-Rates / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Amid all the superficial up and down rumblings of stocks and bonds, and hyped up analysis thereof, none of which makes you any wiser (hey, I told you Abenomics can't work..), it's a good idea to look at some of the more profound workings of the financial system. I saw an interesting take on an angle into this, even though unfortunately it was by itself also superficial.

The angle in question was provided by Walter Hickey for Business Insider, in an article (originally) entitled " Compound Interest Is Responsible For Modern Civilization " (it later turned into "A Simple Math Formula Is Basically Responsible For All Of Modern Civilization", but that’s not even true: just because something can be expressed in a math formula doesn't mean it turns into that formula). It's interesting, and it's not bad, but, sorry Walter, with all respect, I don't think it's good enough.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 07, 2013

The Painful Price of Subsidized Money / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Martin Hutchinson writes: Bond yields have been generally declining, and the market as a whole is set up for them to continue the trend.

Not bad, right?

Wrong.

It's extremely dangerous - to all investors - because it can't go on forever. It's not a question of if this might happen, it's a question of when.

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