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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Surging Stock Markets Push Bond Yields Higher / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

The bond market was off slightly last week as a surging stock market knocked yields 3-6 basis points higher for the week.  The bond futures traded up to new 18 month highs on Wednesday before settling back a couple of points during the last two trading sessions before the weekend.  While stocks and commodities finished a positive week, the bond market continues to scream double dip and deflation.  With the 2 year yield just a snick north of one half percent the bond market is starting to tell us that the Fed is increasingly likely to stick with its Zero Interest Rate Policy for the foreseeable future.  Until the next wave of credit concerns hits the market, bonds will continue to have a positive fundamental backdrop.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, July 25, 2010

U.S. is Insolvent and Faces Bankruptcy as a Pure Debtor Nation / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChina Calls Our Bluff: America's biggest creditor - China - has called our bluff.

As the Financial Times notes, the head of China's biggest credit rating agency has said America is insolvent and that U.S. credit ratings are a joke:

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, July 24, 2010

U.S. Need Not Fear Sovereign Debt Crisis, Unlike Greece, It Actually Is Sovereign / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, a Chinese rating agency downgraded U.S. debt from triple A and number one globally, to “double A with a negative outlook” and only thirteenth worldwide. The downgrade renewed fears that the sovereign debt crisis that began in Greece will soon reach America. That is the concern, but the U.S. is distinguished from Greece in that its debt is denominated in its own currency, over which it has sovereign control.  The government can simply print the money it needs, or borrow it from a central bank that prints it.  We should not let deficit hawks and short sellers dissuade the government from pursuing that obvious expedient.  

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 23, 2010

European Bank Stress Test Politicians Desperate to hide the Truth of Insolvent Banking System / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The long waited stress test of the 91 of Europe's largest Banks resulted in just 7 of the smaller regional banks failing the test including one from Germany and Greece, and five in Spain, that require capital injections of just Euros 3.5 billion, which is a drop in the ocean when compared against PIGS sovereign debt of Euros 1.2 trillion, but off course the so called stress test FAILED to test for sovereign debt default.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 23, 2010

Credit Deflation Lands in Britain / Interest-Rates / Deflation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCredit deflation just hit the UK for the first time on post-war records...

HMMMM...This looks telling.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mortgage Debt … Credit Card Debt … Corporate Debt — It’s all Shrinking! / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI used to love those Wendy’s commercials in the 1980s. You know, the ones that mocked the burger patties at competing restaurants with the catchphrase “Where’s the beef?”

Today, I can’t help but ask a similar question about the U.S. economy. Namely: “Where’s the credit?”

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 22, 2010

U.S. Credit Firms Tell Clients Not To Use Their Ratings? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Dian_L_Chu

In an article dated July 12, I first reported that Dagong International Credit Rating Co., the largest credit rating agency of China, stripped the the U.S. and some other western nations of the AAA ratings given by its big three Western counterparts. Dagong also accused its Western rivals of not properly disclosing the repayment risk and causing the global financial crisis and current debt crisis in Europe.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Make the Trend Your Friend with Market Bond ETFs / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecent economic data is pointing toward a second wave of recession … and maybe even outright deflation. One key consequence: Long-term interest rates are low and getting lower.

Today I’m going to tell you about some exchange traded funds (ETFs) that I think can thrive in this short-term, falling-rate environment. First, let’s take a look at some evidence the economy is entering the dreaded “double-dip” part of the cycle …

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

China: The US Is "Insolvent and Faces Bankruptcy" / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe common thought amongst even reasonably educated and economically literate Americans is that China is 'stuck with US Treasuries' and has no choice, so it must perform within the status quo and do as the US wishes, or face a ruinous decline in their reserve holdings of US Treasuries.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bond Fraud and Debt Monetization / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA significant feature of fiat money systems is the privilege for the custodian to commit fraud, big fraud, gargantuan fraud, even counterfeit. Fannie Mae might function as the clearinghouse for numerous massive role programs with $trillion fraud behind each, hidden from view, especially since it was conveniently nationalized. Follow some other fraud schemes, right out in the open. Surely such recount only touches the surface, but these shenanigans are advanced forms of fraud. They are smoking guns of USTreasury fraud and counterfeit, with strong whiffs of monetization. Much more monetization is to come, fully endorsed and sanctioned. Other clever techniques are being used, given the Quantitative Easing has officially been halted.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bonds and the Fading Economic Recovery / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome commentators on the U.S. economy and the European economy are predicting that there will be "quantitative easing" soon. This is a euphemism for central bank inflation.

I have been reporting for months that the present policy of the Federal Reserve System is to deflate the money supply. The chart of the adjusted monetary base since early March indicates this. Similarly, consumer prices have remained flat or close to it this year.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Europe Credit Crisis Stage Two, Internal Bank and Sovereign Debt Crisis Combined / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe crisis affecting Europe is nothing new. It goes back three years and the beginning of the credit crisis, 60% of the subprime CDOs, collateralized debt obligations, had been sold to European institutions. These were the mortgage bonds, which contained a variety of toxic waste, which the rating agencies, S&P, Moody’s and Fitch, in collusion with banks and brokerage houses, had sold as AAA bonds, when in fact their ratings should have been considerably lower. The holders of these bonds in many instances became insolvent and had to be bailed out by capital injections from central banks, most of the funds were lent by the Federal Reserve.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Emperor Has No Credit / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Justice_Litle

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs political leaders forsake the few shreds of credibility they have left, at least one observer is willing to state the obvious: If credit is clothing, the emperor goes bare.

As the global financial crisis marches on, the world's leaders face a growing problem: The utter loss of not just credit, but credibility.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gold Illusory Bubble and the Debt Bubble End Game / Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen the end-game began, gold was $35 per ounce. Today, gold is $1200.
When the end-game is over, gold will be far higher.

Midway through 2010 we are approaching the end of the end-game, the resolution of the monetary imbalances that began in 1971. For more than 2500 years, gold was money: but, in 1971 that changed. After 1971, money was no longer connected to gold. For the first time in history, money had no intrinsic value

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

U.S. Stripped of AAA Credit Rating By China? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDespite repeated warnings going back several years from Moody's, S&P et al that the U.S. could lose its top credit rating with ongoing fiscal deficits and heavy debts, the platinum-plated AAA rating of the United States seems all untouchable.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, July 12, 2010

China Ratings Agency Downgrades US Debt From Moody's, S&P's, and Fitch's AAA Rating / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCurrency wars. Well at least a Phony War for now. See, nothing has happened. All is well. Move along. Nothing to see here. Status quo intact.

The US sovereign debt gets a stiff downgrade, cut down from number one in the world, to a distant thirteenth place by China's Dagong Credit Rating Agency.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, July 10, 2010

U.S. Treasury Bonds Safe Haven Could Sink / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy David Galland, Managing Editor, The Casey Report writes: This morning I read an interesting story in Soundings magazine. It recounted the final voyage of the S.S. Morro Castle, purportedly one of the safest ships afloat back in 1934 when it regularly transported revelers on junkets between New York and Havana. Then, on the night of September 8, a series of unfortunate events occurred that ended with the ship washing up on the New Jersey shore the next day, close to half of its 300 or so passengers dead.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 09, 2010

Europe’s Banking Crisis: Latvia’s Third Option / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Michael_Hudson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs Europe’s banking crisis deepens, Greece’s and Spain’s fiscal crisis spreads throughout Europe and the US economy stalls, most discussions of how to stabilize national finances assume that only two options are available: “internal devaluation” – shrinking the economy by cutting public spending; or outright devaluation of the currency (for countries that have not yet joined the euro, such as Eastern Europe).

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 08, 2010

State of the European Banking System / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: STRATFOR

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSummary - In the last six months, the eurozone has faced its biggest economic challenge to date — one sparked by the Greek debt crisis which has migrated to the rest of the monetary union. But well before the sovereign debt crisis, Europe was facing a full-blown banking crisis that did not seem any closer to being resolved than when it began in late 2008. With investors and markets focused on European governments' debt problems, the banking issues have largely been ignored. However, the sovereign debt crisis and banking crisis have become intertwined and could feed off each other in the near future.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 08, 2010

ECB Urges Bank Recapitalizations / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Axel_Merk

European Central Bank (ECB) President Jean-Claude Trichet, in his press conference following the central bank’s monthly meeting, built on the more confident tone set in recent weeks. Mr. Trichet suggested improved market conditions are a reflection of the decisive and constructive actions taken by eurozone governments.

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