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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Friday, August 19, 2011

U.S. Treasury Hidden Trickery in Mortgage Backed Security Recoveries / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Aftab_Singh

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRight on schedule, the US Treasury received around $11 billion from the proceeds of Mortgage-backed Securities sales last Thursday. Moreover, the US Treasury released an update on the MBS portfolio wind down titled; ‘Taxpayers Recoveries Reach 70 Percent Milestone‘. The title left us thinking; hmmm… sort of… Here, I highlight the hidden confiscation involved with this particular piece of trickery and present the usual daily treasury statement charts.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Smallest Yield Curve Gap Between US and Japan in 19 Years Confirming Deflation / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCurve Watchers Anonymous notes amazingly low yields across the entire yield curve for the US, Japan, Germany, and the UK. Here is a chart I put together this evening.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Central Banks Monetary Policy Rocked by Global Financial Markets Turmoil / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2011

By: CentralBankNews

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe past week in monetary policy was rocked by the turmoil in global sentiment in the wake of the US sovereign credit rating downgrade, and heightened concerns about contagion in the European sovereign debt crisis. In all, 11 central banks reviewed monetary policy rates, with the following banks adjusting rates: Qatar -50bps to 4.50%, Mozambique -50bps to 16.00%, and Belarus +200bps to 22.00%. Meanwhile the following central banks held interest rates unchanged: Rwanda 6.00%, Indonesia 6.75%, US 0.25%, Hong Kong 0.50%, Norway 2.25%, Serbia 11.75%, South Korea 3.25%, and Peru 4.25%.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wall Street Bailout: Too Big To Collect? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: EconMatters

In light of the recent S&P downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating, the nation suddenly looks more dire financially than before the downgrade ( (at least psychologically, as the country still has the ability to borrow at its pre-downgrade low interest rates.)  So it would make tracking down Wall Street bailout money still outstanding a good start to reclaim some of the lost treasure. 

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Zero Interest Rate Market Fix is In / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Peter_Schiff

This week's wild actions on Wall Street should serve as a stark reminder that few investors have any clue as to what is really going on beneath the surface of America's troubled economy. But this week did bring startling clarity on at least one front. In its August policy statement the Federal Reserve took the highly unusual step of putting a specific time frame for the continuation of its near zero interest rate policy.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, August 12, 2011

Opportunities in UK Gilts and US Bonds / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe market has overcome the important Pivot at 124.95 from 2002  - and where it has failed twice before in 2009 and 2010.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fed's Extension of Low Interest Rates For Another Two Years Will Deliver Damaging Inflation / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: With little ammo left in its arsenal, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) yesterday (Tuesday) was unable to offer jittery markets anything more than a two-year extension of the Fed's low interest rates.

Instead of promising to keep rates at their low 0% to 0.25% level for an "extended period" as it has in its past several meetings, the FOMC said it would maintain those rates "at least through mid-2013."

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why a U.S. Debt Default Will Be a Good Thing / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Now that Standard & Poor's has finally slashed its U.S. credit rating, it's more apparent than ever that a U.S. default is imminent.

So if you're at all panicked by S&P's decision to downgrade the country's top-tier credit rating - and the resultant freefall in U.S. stock prices - brace yourself: It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
But make no mistake, it will get better.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why the Yield Curve is Steepening / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Investors know that the yield curve can be used to forecast market movements.  When the difference in yield between short-dated debt and long-dated debt grows or shrinks, the next major move is a bearish or bullish signal for risk-related investments.

Now the yield curve is steepening significantly, but this time, the steepening of the yield curve shows indecision in lending, not indecision in investing.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, August 11, 2011

China Downgrades U.S. Treasury Bonds to A+, Is Anybody Listening? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Gary_Dorsch

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOf the big-3 credit rating agencies, only the S&P rating agency had the courage and fortitude to speak the truth, about the severe deterioration of America’s financial status. S&P shocked the political establishment in Washington, by following through with its threat to downgrade US Treasury debt to AA+ on the evening of August 5th. S&P added that the US Treasury debt could be downgraded further, if the crooked and inept politicians in Washington haven’t taken any meaningful moves to cut the size of its mounting debt.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Ice is Cracking, Get off the Sovereign Debt Late Before the Great Default Hits / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIce skaters who go out onto lakes or large ponds are told from their early years not to skate on thin ice. The sound of cracking ice is a signal to skate toward the shore.

On Friday, August 5, 2011, the world heard the ice crack. Late in the day, Standard & Poor's downgraded American government debt by one point: from AAA to AA+.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Marc Faber: Long-term U.S. Treasury Bond Market is a Bubble, Buy Gold / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, appeared on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart" with Bloomberg TV anchors Carol Massar and Matt Miller today.

Speaking on the phone from Thailand, Faber said that the markets are very oversold, the Fed is "underestimating the severity of the economic downturn" and that gold is the best investment right now.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Fed Holds Federal Funds Rate Unchanged Until Mid-2013, Also Leaves Door Open For More / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

The one-day FOMC meeting concluded with an unchanged federal funds rate, no surprises here.  In light of a string of recent weak economic reports a downgrade of its economic outlook was also not a surprise.  The FOMC now sees “downsides risks the economic outlook” as having increased compared with its assessment in June.  The Fed depicted labor market conditions to have “deteriorated,” household spending to have “flattened out,” the housing sector as languishing in a “depressed” state and the supply chain disruptions due to the natural disaster in Japan explaining only part of the economic slowdown. 

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trichet's Secret "Dragon Transfer" to Italy and France Becomes the "New Italy" / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet sent a secret letter to Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's Prime Minister demanding various labor reform actions from the Italian government. Leaks of that letter have appeared in Italian media, but there has been no comment on the letter in the US although there has been some discussion of announced Italian labor reforms.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bankrupt Los Angeles, Harbinger for America / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Joel Kotkin tells of the demise of Los Angeles. No, you won't see Snake Plissken or Rick Deckard racing through the City of Angels just yet. But the city's political machine is doing all it can "to leave behind a dense, government-dominated, bankrupt, dysfunctional, Athens by the Pacific," explains Kotkin.

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