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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Monday, December 15, 2008

Any Confidence in Corporate America could send Corporate Bond Prices Higher / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Paul_J_Nolte

Cars – from the musical group to songs about various models (Little Deuce Coupe, Pink Cadillac) to songs about the road (Route 66, King of the Road) it is little wonder the market was captivated by the death dance in Washington regarding the auto companies. When it looked as though they would crash and burn, the markets indicated a 4-5% decline coming into Friday, only a willingness by the White House and the Treasury to use money earmarked for the financial sector, did the markets turn slightly higher on the week.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Free Money with that Credit Default Swap? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: John_Mauldin

  • Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThings That Should Not Be
  • I'll Pay You to Hold My Cash
  • Pushing on a String
  • Free Money with that Credit Default Swap?
  • Oil Does a Strange Contango Dance
  • The Tragedy of Bernie Madoff

There are things in today's markets that are simply astounding. They should not exist, yet they do. Why should US bills trade at negative interest? How can oil be trading at all-time highs in terms of spreads over the next year? Bank debt and bonds are trading at discounts not to be believed. Want some free money? I show you a trade that gives you (almost) just that. Fed funds at zero? Are we starting to push on a string? We'll cover all this and more in this week's letter.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 12, 2008

Government Flood of Treasury Obligations Telegraphing Inflation / Interest-Rates / Inflation

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Nightmare Before Christmas - Like many pragmatic economists I have always warned that rapid expansions of government debt would result in inflation and higher interest rates. The explanation was always simple: rising supply of government debt inflates the money supply and weakens the government’s ability to service its debt through legitimate means.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 12, 2008

Trillion Dollar Bailout Liabilities Desensitisation / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the current climate, where the overriding opinion of most mainstream financial commentators is that deficit spending is a good thing and the only thing better than one bailout is two bailouts, it is time to inject a bit of logic and sanity.

Sure, I made the argument in last week's edition that IF the Feds are going to throw over $8 Trillion at the financial system which produces nothing, why not throw Big Auto a bone? At least they produce something. However, this line of reasoning should not be taken as any kind of endorsement of our Bail-o-Matic Congress or its actions.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 12, 2008

U.S. Bond Markets on the Edge of Collapse / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Larson writes: I thought I had witnessed a lot of craziness in the bond market over the past year:

• The utter obliteration of subprime mortgage bonds …

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 12, 2008

U.S. Treasury Bond Market Bubble Hits Manic Stage / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Michael_Pento

This week marked the beginning of what I believe is the manic bubble stage in the nearly three decade long Treasury bull market. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Treasury sold $27 billion of three month bills at a discount rate of .005%. That rate is the lowest since the auction began in 1929. On Tuesday, $30 billion of four-week Treasury bills were sold at 0%! Again, the lowest yield ever recorded for that security.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fed Seeks to Issue Own Debt to Soak up Excess Liquidly / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Credit Rating on a Benevolent Counterfeiters Debt - Infinity A? - In today's Wall Street Journal a trial balloon was floated with regard to the Fed issuing its own debt. This is akin to a counterfeiter issuing her own debt. There could never be a default. All the counterfeiter would have to do is print up some new currency to pay the interest on or redeem her debt. The Fed also possesses the power of the printing press, so it would never default on its debt. Of course, there is no guarantee what the future purchasing power of the payments would be to the Fed's creditors, but that is a different issue.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Goldman Recommends Credit Default Swaps as States Face Bankruptcy / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Shedlock

On November 25 I wrote State of New Jersey Is Insolvent

The state of New Jersey is insolvent. Bankrupt might be a better word. New Jersey is $60 billion in the hole on pension funding and the Governor is planning on skipping payments in a "pension payment holiday" until 2012 so as to not increase property taxes. To top it off, the ongoing plan assumptions are 8.25%. Sorry NJ, that simply is not going to happen. ....

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The State of State Municipal Bond Funds / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSeveral of our clients have come to us this past week with questions and concerns about municipal bond funds.

They are concerned about recent performance, about California projected cash shortages, about many states struggling with budget deficits, about the fate of revenue bonds in the face of current economic problems; and whether the US government would bailout states the way they are bailing out banks, insurance companies, industrial “banks”, federal mortgage agencies, and automobile companies.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Credit Crisis Watch- Banking Sector Distrust Remains High / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Prieur_du_Plessis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn order to gauge the progress being made to unclog credit markets and restore confidence in the world's financial system, I monitor a range of financial spreads and other measures. By perusing these, as summarised in this “Credit Crisis Watch” review, one can ascertain to what extent the various central bank liquidity facilities and capital injections are having the desired effect.

First up is the LIBOR rate. This is the interest rate that banks charge each other for one-month, three-month, six-month and one-year loans. LIBOR is an acronym for “London InterBank Offered Rate” and is the rate charged by London banks, and which is then published and used as the benchmark for banks' rates around the world.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Great U.S. Treasury Bond Market Trap / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Captain_Hook

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the more unusual manifestations of the financial meltdown this year has been the dollar spike, that caught a lot of traders by surprise, and was generated in part by a stampede into the percieved safety of short-expiry US Treasuries, which necessitated the purchase of US dollars. This is now arriving at its ultimate conclusion where Treasury yields have been beaten down to zero, which means that in real terms they are negative, resulting in the bizarre situation where investors are now paying the US government for the privilege of lending them money. This is clearly an untenable circumstance that cannot be expected to continue indefinitely, and it has only been occasioned by desperation, as panicked investors have sought safe haven.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 08, 2008

U.S. Treasury Bonds Reach Extreme Overbought State / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe bond market not only held the breakout levels from a couple of weeks ago, but continued to power ahead to the lowest yields seen on long term Treasury Bonds in half a century. The US administration, the Treasury and the Federal Reserve along with authorities world wide have been desperately trying all sorts of new programs to foster the flow of credit. Thus far these programs have not seemed to work. It feels like the authorities are just throwing money, programs, bailouts at a wall and hope that something will stick.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Low Interest Rates Spell Big Problems / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGovernment and mainstream economists have erroneously concluded that the key to reversing the financial free fall can be found in stopping the plunge in home prices. (I would offer the corollary that the key to reducing injuries in auto accidents is to suspend the laws of inertia). But to accomplish the improbable task of re-inflating the housing bubble, the government appears ready to announce a coordinated plan to push down mortgage rates to just 4.5%. Of course, this is precisely the wrong solution to the housing crisis, but when it comes to bad ideas our government has been remarkably consistent.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 05, 2008

Bank of England's Money Printing Nuclear Option / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Mark_OByrne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold fell nearly 0.6% yesterday on light volume as the dollar was mixed and oil and most commodities fell sharply again. Gold in euros and particularly British pounds rose sharply when interest rates were slashed by the ECB and BoE. Both central banks indicated that more cuts were likely. Gold has given up some of yesterday’s gains but remains firm in British pounds and Euros at £526/oz and €604/oz respectively.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 05, 2008

U.S. Treasury Bonds the Biggest Bubble of All? / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Larson writes: We've lived through some truly historic bubbles in recent years:

• The dot-com bubble was a doozy …

• The housing bubble was even bigger, and …

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 05, 2008

European Historic Interest Rate Cuts Suggest Dismal Economic Outlook / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Victoria_Marklew

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England (BoE), the European Central Bank (ECB), and Sweden's Riksbank all slashed their policy interest rates Thursday morning, and all cited the same reasons - that demand conditions have deteriorated markedly, and that inflation is likely to undershoot their respective medium-term targets. Even after the drama of this morning's moves, rates are likely to go lower in 2009, particularly in the Euro-zone.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 04, 2008

ECB Biggest Interest Rate Cut in History Heading for ZIRP / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe race to Global ZIRP took another big step forward today as central bankers around the globe cut rates. Let's take a look at the recent action .Europe's Central Banks Lower Rates to Fight Recession

The European Central Bank delivered a 75 basis-point reduction in its main refinancing rate, the most in its 10-year history, while the Bank of England cut its benchmark rate to 2 percent, the lowest level since 1951. The Swedish and Danish central banks also lowered their key rates.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Central Banks Slash Interest Rates to Prevent Global Depression / Interest-Rates / Economic Depression

By: Mark_OByrne

Gold fell nearly 1.6% yesterday on light volume as the dollar remained firm. Buyers held back waiting on important interest rate decisions in Europe today and the release of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data tomorrow. Gold remains firm in British pounds and Euros at £523/oz and €613/oz.

Nonfarm payrolls are expected to be poor (economists expect US employers slashed nonfarm payrolls by 320000 in November, which would be the sharpest drop in employment since 2001) and this should put pressure on the dollar and equity markets and see gold remain firm.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 04, 2008

UK Interest Rates Forecast to Crash to 1% / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGordon Browns government having abandoned all of the fiscal rules that it once prided itself on religiously following, is now hell bent on kick starting the UK economy in advance of the looming May 2010 general election deadline. The steady as she goes economic policy has been replaced by the panicking 'unprecedented action's' economic policy and in that having rested away control of UK interest setting from the Bank of England in all but name, UK interest rates are now set to be the latest to take a crash course towards an unprecedented level of just 1%.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Central Banks Open the Money Printing Floodgates to fight Deflation / Interest-Rates / Money Supply

By: Gary_Dorsch

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the early 1980's, the Federal Reserve's headlines figures for the M1, M2, and M3 money supply aggregates flashed at the top of trader's radar screens, and jolted US T-bill rates by 50-basis points or bond yields by 30-points within minutes. Inflation was raging at a 10.7% annualized rate, and repeated attempts to cure it had failed. Former Fed chief Paul A. Volcker was doggedly pursuing a radical monetary policy that led to skyrocketing interest rates and two back-to-back recessions.

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