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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Monday, February 09, 2015

Sovereign Bonds Mispricing / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2015

By: Alasdair_Macleod

Today’s obvious mispricing of sovereign bonds is a bonanza for spending politicians and allows over-leveraged banks to build up their capital. This mispricing has gone so far that negative interest rates have become common: in Denmark, where the central bank persists in holding the Krona peg to a weakening Euro, it is reported that even some mortgage rates have gone negative, and high quality corporate bonds such as a recent Nestlé euro bond issue are also flirting with negative yields.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Why the Federal Reserve Will Move U.S. Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Michael E. Lewitt writes: To say that markets are confused about when the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates is the understatement of the year.

The confusion is understandable. While the U.S. economy no longer needs crisis-era policies like zero interest rates and quantitative easing, the rest of the world is still struggling.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Feel That? It's the Chill of Deflation / Interest-Rates / Deflation

By: DailyWealth

Chris Mayer writes: That chill in the air? This is what deflation feels like...

Right now, the 10-year U.S. Treasury pays just 1.8%... oil is $50 a barrel... commodity prices drift near to chilling lows... and the dollar is near multiyear highs. These are all deflationary trends.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, February 07, 2015

China Makes the Right Move / Interest-Rates / China Economy

By: Steve_H_Hanke

Yesterday, China’s Central Bank reduced bank reserve requirements for large banks by 50 basis points to 19.5%. The Chinese know that the nominal level of national income is determined by the magnitude of the money supply. They also know that banks produce the lion’s share of China’s money. Indeed, banks produce 77% of China’s M2 money.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Party Is Likely Over for U.S. Treasury Bonds / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Sy_Harding

U.S. treasury bonds defied the experts last year.

The consensus was that once the Fed began dialing back its massive bond-buying stimulus program last January, bond prices would have to begin plunging. With the stock market so clearly in an ongoing bull market, why would anyone but the Fed buy bonds with their yields at record lows, providing almost no income? The lack of interest in bonds was obvious from their plunge in 2013 even when the Fed was aggressively engaged in its QE bond buying.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, February 07, 2015

U.S. Treasury Bond Yields Soaring ... But not for long / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Anthony_Cherniawski

It’s time to rethink my outlook (Elliott Wave structure) in Treasuries. I had been concerned that the decline in TNX fell short of my projections. Then it hit me as I was writing about XJY and how high it might go in a panic stock decline. With gold out of the picture, it appears that the only other major asset that might be viewed as a safe haven would be US Treasuries. You can see that I have changed the Elliott Wave structure to reflect that view.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The ECB Fears Deflation, But You Should Not / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Frank_Shostak

The European Central Bank (ECB) is planning to pump 1.1 trillion euros into the banking system to fend off price deflation and revive economic activity. The ECB president and his executive board are planning to spend 60 billion euros per month from March 2015 to September 2016.

Most experts hold that the ECB must start acting aggressively against the danger of deflation. The yearly rate of growth of the consumer price index (CPI) fell to minus 0.2 percent in December 2014 from 0.3 percent in November, and 0.8 percent in December 2013.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Swiss 10-Year Bond Illustrates Central Banks` Flawed Monetary Policy / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2015

By: EconMatters

Negative 15 Basis Points

Switzerland`s 10-Year Bond Yield is now negative 15 basis points, yeah that`s right we don`t even have to bring up the notion of inflation and real rates of return, the actual 10 year bond for Switzerland is charging investors 15 basis points for the privilege of buying Swiss debt, and you thought CD rates were bad.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This Is What Gold Does In A Currency War / Interest-Rates / Currency War

By: John_Rubino

Australia just fired a serious shot in the currency war by cutting its overnight lending rate to a record-low 2.25%.

With the aussie as a result tanking, local holders of bank accounts and cash are quite a bit poorer than they were at this time last year. But owners of gold are doing just fine. While the metal is falling again here in the US (which is at the moment trying to withdraw from the currency war), it’s up about 20% in the past three months in countries like Australia that are on the offensive.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Central Banks Have Violated Fundamental Laws of Finance / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EconMatters

Is Monetary Policy Too Complicated for Mainstream to Understand?

It is amazing how far Central Banks have been allowed to go with regard to policy tools and influence, and how extreme their policy measures have become since the financial crisis. No other form of governmental authority has been granted these types of unrestrained powers in any branch of government, not Congress, the Supreme Court, the President, or the Military for comparison`s sake in the United States.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The German 10 Year Bund Effectively a Call Option at 30 Basis Points / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: EconMatters

Bonds are not Stocks

On Friday the German 10 Year Bund yield touched the 0.30 mark or 30 basis points, yeah that`s right the same instrument that was yielding 90 basis points in November of last year, a 140 basis points last May 2014, and 195 basis points at the beginning of 2014. It has gotten so ridiculous in the bond markets that I think investors have forgotten what bonds actually are as an asset class, they trade based on price appreciation like stocks, and this perverted mentality has completely ignored the risk component of what bonds represent as debt obligations.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mario Draghi to the Rescue? / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Submissions

Antonius Aquinas writes: As expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) headed by former Goldman Sachs executive, Mario Draghi, announced a massive bond-buying program of more than one trillion Euros in the hope of improving a stagnate European economy and to combat “deflation.”

“What monetary policy can do,” Draghi declared, “is create the basis for growth.” The ECB President added that “structural reforms” by the various Euro member states need to accompany the monetary stimulus if it is to succeed: “But for growth to pick up you need investment; for investment, you need confidence; and for confidence, you need structural reform.”*

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Europe Joins the QE Party / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Frank_Hollenbeck

The European Central Bank (ECB) finally pulled the QE trigger by committing to purchase 60 billion euros of government debt and other assets every month until September of 2016 or until inflation gets closer to 2 percent.

The made-up excuse for this legal counterfeiting is that Europe is dangerously close to having (a very flawed) index of consumer prices drop below zero; as though calamity would strike Europe if the index were to register a negative number. The ECB claims it needs to print money because lower oil prices and — previous to that — a stronger euro were causing average prices to deviate from its 2 percent inflation target. It’s like having your supermarket run a 50 percent off sale on steak one weekend, and then having the ECB try to make all other prices in the supermarket go up so your total bill at the cash register goes up.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 31, 2015

U.S. Bond Market Has Reached Tulip Bubble Proportions / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: EconMatters

Fed Officials Trying to Send Signals to the Bond Market

James Bullard on Friday noted that the Bond Market was far too dovish in relation to where the Fed is in regard to raising rates in June, and this might be the understatement of the year so far. For example the U.S. 2-Year Bond Yield is 0.45 or 45 basis points, think about this for a moment. Even if the Fed fund`s rate finishes the year at 50 basis points which is well below the Fed`s most conservative forecasts, and we use a conservative annual inflation rate of 1% (I know oil has dropped but there are more inflation categories than just the energy component). Moreover, the overall annual inflation rate is well above 1% right now, and you factor in that this bond is paying a 2-year risk premium for tying up one`s capital with all kinds of inflation risks over that 2-year time frame, this has to be the stupidest investment of all time.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 30, 2015

Bullard Says Rates at Zero Interest Rates Not Right for U.S. Economy / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Bloomberg

James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, spoke with Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio today about monetary policy, the U.S. economy and the oil market.

Bullard said "Zero interest rates is not the right interest rate for this economy. We are much closer to goals than we've been in a long time. Inflation is a little bit low, but it's not low enough to rationalize the zero interest rate policy."

He said: “The market has a more dovish view of what the Fed is going to do than the Fed itself… Markets should take it at face value." He said it’s “reasonable” to expect an increase in June or July.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 30, 2015

Why the European Central Bank's Massive Economic Experiment Will Fail / Interest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Peter Krauth writes: Last week, the European Central Bank's turn finally came to announce large-scale quantitative easing.

As the continent witnesses a battle between deflation and attempts at inflation, will it finally be enough?

Europe is following in the footsteps of the United States, hoping for similar "successful" results.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Why 2014's Big Investing Winner Is Still Winning in 2015 / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: DailyWealth

Brett Eversole writes: The BIG winner of 2014 will likely surprise you.

U.S. stocks increased a strong 14% last year. But another, much less interesting, asset crushed stocks. It soared 27%. And still, no one is paying attention.

This same boring asset is up 7% so far this year. And last year's big gains could continue throughout 2015.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 26, 2015

How Global Interest Rates Deceive Markets / Interest-Rates / Global Financial System

By: John_Mauldin

“You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

– Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

“In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if we foresee them.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 26, 2015

Why QE in Europe Will Fail / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Michael_Pento

The fear of deflation has become the cornerstone of Keynesian economic thought. A lack of inflation has been used to explain periods of economic weakness from the Great Depression of the 1930’s, to the Great Recession 2008-2009. And now, that philosophy has been adopted as gospel by those that control the Federal Reserve and virtually every central bank on the planet.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 26, 2015

How Eurozone QE Works: A Guide to Draghi's News / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Money_Morning

Jim Bach writes: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced a quantitative easing program today (Thursday) that was complicated, poorly explained, and drastically unlike U.S. QE.

So, to help make sense of this, we drilled down exactly how Eurozone QE works.

First the basics.

Through Eurozone QE, the ECB will pump 60 billion euros ($68.1 billion) a month into the economy. About 10 billion euros of that will come from existing assets and covered bond purchasing programs. But the other 50 billion euros will come from purchases of member countries' sovereign debt, a new development in the Eurozone monetary policy.

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