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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Should Congress Raise the U.S. Debt Ceiling? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt current rates of spending, the federal government may bump up against its debt limit as early as March. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warns that it will be "catastrophic to the economy" if Congress doesn't increase Uncle Sam's credit limit. Writers in conservative outlets call for Republicans to use this opportunity to extract significant spending cuts before extending the limit. And some extreme libertarians argue that the debt ceiling shouldn't be raised, because a government default would be a good thing for the American people.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

U.S. Federal Budget Deficit Climbing Dangerously Higher on Continued 2011 Government Spending / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: On the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address - during which the commander in chief highlighted the need for investment in innovation - a steep federal budget deficit projection yesterday (Wednesday) showed the harsh reality of the U.S. government's spending spree.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

FOMC Policy Statement - Status Quo is Also Noteworthy / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

The federal funds rate was left unchanged at 0%-0.25% as expected; it has held at this level since December 2008.  The Fed's plan to purchase $600 billion of Treasury securities has also been left in place along with the existing arrangement of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of securities.  The vote was unanimous although four members of the voting panel were replaced for 2011.  Charles Plosser of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed, Charles Evans of the Chicago Fed and Narayana Kocherlakota of the Minneapolis Fed are the replacements.  Of these four voting members, Fisher and Plosser have been critics about the second round of quantitative easing that is currently underway.  They have held the opinion that the current stance of monetary accommodation carries with it inflationary consequences that would be damaging to the economy.  However, unlike President Hoenig of the Kansas Fed who shared this opinion and dissented at each meeting in 2010, these two members voted along with majority in today's meeting. 

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Great Global Debt Shift / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: John_Browne

If one were asked to describe the major global economic changes that have unfolded since the financial crisis began, a good starting place would be the massive shift of debt from the private to the public sector. Attempting to arrest a deepening crisis, governments all around the world have bailed out businesses and companies by transferring bad debts to the public books. Although these moves have provided some current stability (after all, governments are much less likely to default), the long-term consequences may be dire.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bernanke's Golden Dismount / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Michael_Pento

There can be little doubt that Fed Chairman Benjamin Bernanke has been a very, very good friend to gold investors. However, some of those who have benefited from his largesse now fear that the recent selloff in gold indicates an imminent end to Bernanke's monetary high-wire act. Most assume that a cessation of the Fed's stimulative efforts, if it were to occur, would spell the end of gold's bull run. But a closer reading of Bernanke's economic philosophy and the Fed's own recent history, shows that once central banker begins a strenuous routine starts, it is very hard, if not impossible, for them to dismount.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fed Accounting Rule Changes to Mask Losses / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany people have taken notice of changes slipped into the Fed's balance sheet reporting rules that will allegedly shield the Fed from devastating losses. Please consider Accounting Tweak Could Save Fed From Losses.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Q.E. Policy Meets the Tea Party / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week's letter is a result of two lengthy conversations I had today, which have me in a reflective mode. Plus, I finished the last, final edits of my book, all of which is causing me to mull over the unsustainability of the US fiscal situation. There is a true Endgame here, and it may happen before we are ready.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fed Traders Buying Billions in U.S. Debt, Nation Risks Credit Downgrade / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Global_Research

Fed Traders Buying Billions in U.S. Debt, Nation Risks Credit DowngradeFed Traders Buying Billions in U.S. Debt, Nation Risks Credit Downgrade

At the same time, Moody's and Standard & Poor's warned the triple-A sovereign debt rating of the United States is in jeopardy of being downgraded if there continues to be a deterioration in the negative fundamentals of the United States, including the trillion-dollar federal-budget deficits President Obama has run in the last two years.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

U.S. Interest Rates Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Preview / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on January 25-26 is most likely to close without any change in Fed policy.  The FOMC will reaffirm its plan to complete the $600 billion purchase of Treasury securities.  The policy statement should contain modifications that would reflect the nature of latest economic reports.  The strength in recent retail sales data, the sluggish labor market, and ongoing challenges of the housing market will feature in the policy statement. 

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why the Fed Creates So Much Money / Interest-Rates / Quantitative Easing

By: Richard_Daughty

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the reasons behind the Federal Reserve creating so many trillions and trillions of dollars in new money is so the stock market will go up so that more taxes will be collected, and the bond market will go up so that more taxes will be collected (and less interest paid by issuers, too!), and the housing market will go up so that more taxes will be collected, and prices of everything will go up so that more taxes will be collected, so that massive, backbreaking, bankrupting deficit-spending by the government can continue going up.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

U.S. Citiies Going Bankrupt, Defaulting on Debt, Bernanke Will Not Rescue Them! / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVallejo is using federal bankruptcy laws to stick it to unsecured creditors. Please consider Vallejo Plan Would Give Unsecured Creditors 5 to 20 Cents on the Dollar

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Financial Chaos and Debt Default in the European Union / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBetween now and the end of the year, most likely in the fall, we’ll see major financial and economic problems in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Italy. Those events will sorely test Germany, France, Holland and Austria.

Over and over we hear announcements from Brazil of trade wars. Brazil is deliberately reining in their currency, the real, due to its strength. They have imposed reserve requirements on domestic banks’ foreign exchange positions. These are taxes on investments and de facto currency controls. Such actions are very good moves that cause indirect higher gold prices.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Trichet and the ECB, Finalizing a Legacy / Interest-Rates / ECB Interest Rates

By: David_Urban

On October 31, 2011 the tenure of ECB President Trichet will come do an end.  In the coming months we will likely hear an increasing drumbeat of noise concerning who will replace Trichet and what policies the new leader of the ECB will embrace.  In the meantime, it is likely that Trichet will use the remaining months to tie up loose ends regarding the PIIGS and set a potential course for his successor.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ireland’s IMF/EU Bailout. The Financial Crisis Has Not Gone Away / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Christopher_Quigley

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article(Reuters: 18th. January 2011) -: “EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday they wanted tougher stress tests for the region's banks to restore confidence in the bloc's financial system, but remained locked in dispute over how strict they should be.

"We discussed bank stress tests ... and we are really agreed that the new stress tests should include more banks," said German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Front-Running the Fed in the Treasury Market, There Is No Business Like Bond Business / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Professor_Emeritus

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor some nine years I have been predicting that the economy is going to a recession morphing into a depression, using a purely theoretical argument. The essence of my argument is that the open market operations of the Fed cause a protracted decline in interest rates which is responsible for the hard-to-detect capital destruction affecting the financial sector no less than the productive sector. The immediate cause of the depression is the destruction of capital. The ultimate cause is the monetary policy of open market operations. The chain of causation is as follows.

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