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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dodging Default, French Banks Scramble to Prevent Another Global Collapse / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: The threat of a Greek default has become so real that French banks, which constitute some of the top Greek debt holders, have intensified their efforts to ease the country's floundering finances.

French lenders, along with their government, have suggested a debt rollover program, the first private-sector proposal to help save Greece.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

European Debt Crisis Investing, Buy U.S. Treasury Bills / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Paul_Lamont

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAccording to Fortune (citing IMF data), Germany’s banks are now more leveraged than Lehman Brothers at the time of its collapse (Lehman: 31 to 1). Similarly, their leverage is financed by “cheap, short-term loans that are vulnerable to a market shock.” These loans (as we explained last December) are from money market funds here in the U.S. (Investors should Buy Treasury Bills instead.)

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bankrupt Greece Blackmails Europe, Bailout or Euro Zone Dies, Global Financial System Collapse / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Greek population is in constant revolt with another 48 hour national strike underway against ever expanding announcements of economic austerity though to date little of which has actually been implemented and therefore risks at the very a least a delay of the latest tranche of Euro 12 billion in what has now become a permanent flow of funds from core Euro-zone to Greece and other peripheral eurozone countries, therefore tax payers of core Europe and to a lesser degree Britain are being taxed to pay for the unwillingness of the PIIGS to pay their bills.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

United States of Denial / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Midas_Letter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe suggestion that there is anything remotely approaching a recovery in the United States, or the world economy, is pure cow pie, as evidenced by the requirement for more borrowing, more easing, and more deterioration in employment and housing. But as the title suggests, its not just America. I’m referring to the heads of state around the world. Apparently too busy jetting back and forth from Washington, New York, Vienna, Athens, Berlin, London and Paris to have anything approaching a grip on reality, we’re delivered surreality by world leaders immersed in United States of Denial. Now the banks in Europe are carving up the assets of Greece as vig for continued lending.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

America for Sale: Liquidate Assets to Avert Debt Ceiling Crisis, Republicans Say / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: It would be the greatest garage sale in history.

The United States Treasury possesses 261.5 million ounces of gold, worth about $392.25 billion at current prices.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Credit Default Swaps: Why Washington Warnings / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Three years ago, I told you that Wall Street's newest invention - credit default swaps - would cause a major financial crash.

Now, I'll concede that credit default swaps (CDS) weren't the only cause of the financial meltdown that brought about the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings (OTC: LEHMQ) and nearly brought down American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG). But these financial derivatives were a major exacerbating factor - which is why I also warned that credit default swaps should be banned.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Big time trouble dead ahead thanks to the Federal Reserve / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSam Houston writes: The paper money dollar experiment of the last 40 years has reached an unsolvable impasse. Since 1971, when Nixon defaulted on the dollars convertibility into gold there has been no restraint whatsoever on the Federal Reserve's ability to finance the U.S. government's boondoggle spending programs both foreign and domestic.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Can The Fed Stop Quantitative Easing? / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

If the Fed stops QE, confidence in the US dollar would rise. Money would flow into US investments, both supporting the US stock market and helping to finance the large US budget deficit. Gold and silver prices would decline. Negative dollar expectations would be squeezed out of oil and grain prices, although drought, flood, and supply factors would continue to impact grain prices and the administration’s wars can impact oil prices.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Treachery at the Fed? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNo one expects the Fed to announce a rate-hike at the end of the today's FOMC meeting, but that doesn't mean there won't be a few surprises. The problem is that the recovery has stalled and the Fed can't decide whether we've just hit a "soft patch" or if it's something more serious. If it is more serious, then the Fed will need a contingency plan for kick-starting the economy. So, what's it going to be; another round of Quantitative Easing (QE), rate caps on short-term Treasuries or something else altogether? That's what the financial media will want to know, and only Fed chairman Ben Bernanke knows the answers.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Global Debt Crisis Illusions Versus Reality / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Tony_Pallotta

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces." - Sigmund Freud

Our global society needs a reset. The insolvency of Greece or the growing US fiscal imbalance are only symptoms of a much deeper problem. It is easy for market participants to sit behind their red and green charts and point blame at "the Bernank." It is easy for homeowners to forego their mortgage payment to fund the expenses they are "entitled" to. It is easy for the Mortgage Bankers Association to "strategically default," after all it's a "business decision."

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

U.S. Debt Crisis, Proof that 1975 was the year it Began / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Brian_Bloom

Note from the chart below how US public debt began to climb from 1975 onwards. Source: eh.net/encyclopedia/article/noll.publicdebt

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fed Benefits from Global Economic Fears / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: John_Browne

This week, in the second in a series of less-than-impressive press conferences, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke offered market observers little hope that any additional quantitative easing programs are on the horizon. The Chairman continues to cling to the position that the economy is improving (with the recent "soft patch" attributable to external forces) to the extent that additional Fed support will be unnecessary. Left unsaid was any guidance as to who the Chairman believes will buy the massive amounts of Treasury debt formerly swallowed up by the QE II program?

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bernanke - Concern? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Ian_R_Campbell

When Ben Bernanke was appointed the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in early 2006 I then said he was the person that lost the game of musical chairs. Bernanke has always impressed me as a sincere and honest man who inherited problems not of his own making. I believe he works hard at - as golfer Bobby Jones might have said to him - playing the ball as it lies with little if any complaint. As best I know he is paid something north of U.S.$200,000 per year - hardly a princely sum for someone who holds one of the most important financial jobs in the world. How ridiculous is that when measured against the Wall Street, Bay Street, London City, and corporate executive salaries. One side of that equation is materially wrong - you decide which one.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mervyn King's Interest Rate Spread Bet / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Ben_Traynor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England won't raise rates until it knows it won't make a difference…

THE BANK OF ENGLAND is getting more dovish. It seems less inclined than ever to raise interest rates – despite inflation currently running at over twice the target rate.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 24, 2011

Silver, Comex and The War Over Money / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce again, S&P is at it, issuing its monthly threat to the USGovt to fall into compliance or risk its AAA credit rating. On the surface, these warnings have become rather laughable in that the ratings agency feels the need to say something while, in effect, saying nothing. As time has gone by, the idea that the markets would be jittered by an actual ratings cut has become equally absurd. To hear it reported, you’d think the market consisted of a bunch of first graders who need S&P, Moody’s or Fitch to tell them the sky is blue.

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