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Interest-Rates

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stage Set For Another Bernanke Inflationary Adventure / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Brady_Willett

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFederal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, has been eerily quiet during the recent market storm.  To be sure, seemingly oblivious to the happenings in EU-land Mr. Bernanke’s speech, The Economics of Happiness, was delivered shortly after major riots in Greece and shortly before the historic nearly $1 trillion plan was announced to try and prevent the destruction of the Euro. As for Bernanke’s speech a month earlier, the tone was that of victory:

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

E.U. Bailout Just Delays Inevitable Sovereign Debt Default / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: The_Gold_Report

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReplacing most of Europe's colorful notes and various coins less than a decade ago, the euro is on the brink of extinction, according to Trader Tracks' Roger Wiegand, sharing news and views of Euroland's critical condition with Gold Report readers in this exclusive interview. Roger says the euro at $1.20 is the "line in the sand where big trouble will start. . .and that's dangerously close." On the other side of the world, he sees China doing well now, but doesn't pin his hopes on China as the engine for global economic growth as so many others do. In fact, he says things there are "fraying a bit on the edges." So, is there a white horse waiting in the wings to lead the world back to economic good health? Read on. . .

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In a Word, the Problem is DEBT / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Tim_Iacono

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecent developments in the euro zone that increasingly look like they will lead to the restructuring (if not the collapse) of one of the world’s major currencies and the potential for this “contagion” to move first north to the U.K. and then west to the U.S. have many people wondering what’s gone wrong with the global monetary system.

How could advanced Western economies have run into such trouble?

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fed Confirms What Gold, Hard Asset Investors Already Knew / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Exit plan?  What exit plan?  The Federal Reserve issued a report before Congress in an attempt to clarify its stance during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression.  The Fed, as always, said very little, but did make one thing very clear—the Fed has no idea what it is doing.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why U.S. Treasury Bonds Aren't the 'safe haven' Investors Think... / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the last few weeks, international investors spooked by the budget crisis in Greece and the turmoil in southern Europe have been flocking into the U.S. Treasury bond market as a "safe haven."

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bond Market Keeps Chugging Along as Stocks, Gold and Commodities Remain Under Pressure / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

The bond market just keeps chugging along very convincingly here through the seasonally negative month of May.  The stock market and commodities remained under pressure as Gold has joined the sell-off.  Looking at the Fed’s stock vs. 10 Year Note Relative Value Model, it has drastically swung from bonds 2.5 standard deviations cheap in March to stocks 2.6 standard deviations cheap last Thursday.  Looks like some of the short term moves are a bit ahead of themselves at this point, but the message is fairly clear: the low hanging fruit has been picked as far as the risk-trade is concerned; the character of the market is rapidly changing.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sovereign Debt Crisis, America, PIIGS “R” Us too? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Michael_Pollaro

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe title of this essay may be a play on words but the facts are nothing of the sort.  Indeed, the facts suggest that the financial position of the U.S. government may not be all that much better than the financial position of the governments of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece or Spain, the so-called PIIGS.  In fact, given the agenda the Obama administration has set for America, one so far distinguished by ever larger government spending programs being financed by ever larger amounts of debt, the U.S. government may be well on its way to becoming PIIGS “R” Us.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, May 22, 2010

U.S. Interest Rates Remain on Hold or Heading Higher? / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Case for a Fed Rate Hike
Employment Is Turning the Corner
The Headwinds of Money Supply
Who Stole the Inflation?
The Fed Is On Hold
An Inverted Yield Curve?
LA, Vancouver, San Francisco, and a First
Often Wrong, Seldom in Doubt

Everywhere there are arguments that we are in a "V"-shaped recovery. And there are signs that in fact that is the case. Today we will look at some of those, and then take up the topic of when the Fed will raise rates. We open the case and look at the evidence. Is there enough to come to a real conviction? I think there is. (And at the end of the letter I mention two conferences I am speaking at in the next few months, in Vancouver and San Francisco.)

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Interest-Rates

Friday, May 21, 2010

U.K. Government Bonds, Gilts Ahead of the Pack / Interest-Rates / UK Debt

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe wrote a Market Update on the day of the UK General election outlining 3 possible scenarios for the Gilt market post-election.

We noted how we thought the market would rally on two of the possible outcomes:

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Interest-Rates

Friday, May 21, 2010

Government Budget Deficit Financing and Inflation / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI assume that you know how the banking system developed and how the banks could improve the services rendered by gold, by transferring assets from one individual to another individual in the books of the banks. When you study the development of the history of money you will discover that there were countries in which there were systems in which all the payments were made by transactions in the books of a bank, or of several banks. The individuals acquired an account by paying gold into this bank. There is a limited quantity of gold, so the payments which are made are limited. And it was possible to transfer gold from the account of one man to the account of another.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Small Investors Rush Into Junk Bonds, Where is the Fiduciary Responsibility? / Interest-Rates / International Bond Market

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBurnt by the stock market too many times to count, small investors have been herding into junk bonds instead. Indeed, the mad rush into junk continues even as debt covenants weaken and fund managers are skeptical.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Greek Debt Tragedy a Sneak Preview of What's Coming to Washington / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Ron_Holland

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"The current European debt crisis likely will not end until the euro collapses as a currency and takes the entire European Union with it." ~ Dennis Gartman, hedge fund manager and writer of The Gartman Letter

I was just in Greece, where the stupidity and venality of the political class are in full view.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Global Debt Defaults Ahead as Keynesian's Race to Bankruptcy / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe euro is falling. It is at the lowest exchange rate to the dollar in four years.

Confidence in the euro is falling because it is becoming clear that the region's commercial bankers have made the same sorts of bad decisions that American commercial bankers made after 2000. They loaned money to debtors in Eastern Europe who will not be able to repay. These loans were collateralized by real estate, which rose. Real estate prices in Eastern Europe are now falling. The bubble has popped.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Debt Default ‘Deferral’ of Greece a Dangerous Precedent – Got Gold? / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Arnold_Bock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf the implications of the recent Greek tragedy were not so serious it would have been seen more as a Greek comedy (of fiscal errors). In fact, however, to deploy another metaphor, Greece's sovereign debt is seen as the proverbial canary in the coal mine - a microcosm of the relentlessly growing sovereign debt that has taken much of Europe by storm and is threatening to spread to the U.S.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Guess Who’s Even MORE Broke Than Greece? / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSentiment is a strange thing.

Greece’s debt issues have been staring everyone in the face for years. And yet it wasn’t until January 2010 that they suddenly became “relevant” to the investment world.

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