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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 19, 2008

More Power for the Fed as the Central Bank Cooks the Books / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMercury news is reporting Administration calls for giving Fed more powers .
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the government must move quickly to give the Federal Reserve more powers to regulate the financial system. Paulson said today that the central bank's powers should be expanded in the wake of the near collapse earlier this year of Bear Stearns, the giant Wall Street investment firm.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How to Drive Commodity Prices Even Higher / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Tim_Iacono

Let's see, the last two rising asset classes didn't really transform into bubbles until the Fed started raising interest rates - I'm warming up to the idea of a higher Fed funds rate.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Treasury Market Takes a Pounding, Dropping to New Lows for 2008 / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

The Treasury market dropped to new lows for 2008 last week. The drumbeat of inflation concerns just became a little louder not only in the USA but also internationally. Oil and its surrogates keep trucking up to new highs and corn is certainly keeping pace with them. Central Banks are talking tough but until I actually see the Fed raise rates, I remain a skeptic as to how much they are really willing to do in order to reign in the runaway commodity inflation. Although I fully believe in peak oil, I also figure that the ongoing slowdown in the global economy coupled with surprising progress in the alternative energy space will eventually reign in the present energy price problems.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Central Banks Clash Over Monetary Policy / Interest-Rates / Money Supply

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFood and energy prices are soaring everywhere. Eurozone inflation is a record 3.7%
Inflation in the eurozone has a climbed to a record level amid higher food and fuel costs, official figures show. The annual rate of inflation in the 15 state zone hit 3.7% in May, according to the Eurostat statistical office.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, June 16, 2008

Credit Crisis Not Over, as Banks Hoard Cash / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

In contrast to Bernanke's foolish comment "risk of substantial downturn has faded" (see Things That Have Not Yet Happened ) the Bank of England sees things differently.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Credit Crisis Crushing UK Banks / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany commentators in the mainstream have in recent weeks begun voicing the opinion that the credit crisis may be over or the worst of the crisis is behind us -

Jim Reid, a credit strategist at Deutsche Bank, said: "This is a further sign that the actual credit crisis is easing. Anything that is not complete seizure is encouraging." on news of the HBOS £500 mortgage securitisation deal.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Bernanke's Strategy of Re-flation to Ignite Economic Growth / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mick_Phoenix

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWelcome to the Weekly Report. Let me take you on a journey to explain what Ben Bernanke said and why he said it. We look at yields, what they are telling us and why we should listen. Finally we show evidence that the carry trade is crumbling. You will require a hot beverage, peace and quiet and probably a light snack.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Central Bankers Finally Tightening the Interest Rate Screws on Inflation / Interest-Rates / Inflation

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Larson writes: Believe it or not, it's finally happening. It's dawning on Federal Reserve policymakers ... and on many other global central bankers from Canada to Asia to Europe ... and beyond. The "it" they're starting to accept?

It's time for tighter monetary policy.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 13, 2008

ECB Calls Bernanke’s Bluff on Defending the US Dollar / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Gary_Dorsch

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA new member of the British Parliament once solicited the advice of Benjamin Disraeli, the nineteenth century British prime minister, on whether he should speak up on a controversial issue. “Do you have anything to say that has not already been said?” Disraeli asked him. “No,” the man conceded. “I just want the people whom I represent, and the members of Parliament to know that I participated in the debate.”

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Standard & Poor's Cuts Ratings on 65 classes of Alt-A Securities / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

In a completely expected move (at least in this corner) is yet another S&P downgrade in Alt-A mortgage backed securities .
June 11, 2008-Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today lowered its ratings on 65 classes from 19 residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions backed by U.S. Alternative-A (Alt-A) mortgage loan collateral issued in 2006.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 12, 2008

LIBOR Leading Indicator for End of the Credit Crisis and Banking Fiasco / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Keith_Fitz-Gerald

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow will we know the credit crisis and banking fiasco are truly over?

We won't.

But there's a damn good indicator that will show us the way - the London Interbank Offer Rate , usually referred to as LIBOR.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bernanke Declares Worst of Credit Crisis is Over Before Tsunami Wave Hits / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have been staring in amusement at Bernanke's latest proclamation: Danger of downturn appears to have faded .
Despite a recent spike in the nation's unemployment rate, the danger that the economy has fallen into a "substantial downturn" appears to have waned, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday.
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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

US Treasury Curve Steepening Bet Blows Sky High / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Shedlock

Treasury spreads between the 2 year treasury and the 30 year long bond exploded today. This in and of itself is not unusual. However, the way that it happened today was indeed very unusual.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, June 09, 2008

ECB Signals Hawkish Tone on European Interest Rates as Inflation Soar / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Victoria_Marklew

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) left its refi rate at 4.0% again last Thursday. What was not expected was the hawkish tone of the subsequent statement and the press briefing from President Trichet. He noted that the Governing Council had a "deep discussion" (trans: "fierce debate"?) and remains "in a state of heightened alertness." Some members apparently wanted a rate hike this month but the consensus was to hold. The President then noted that the Council may decide to make "a small hike" at the July 3 meeting in order to anchor inflation expectations.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, June 09, 2008

Buy Yield Curive Steeping- Buy Short-term Bonds, Sell Long-term, Bonds / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Treasury market was under pressure most of last week. Then on Friday, with major help from exploding energy prices, the bond market soared as yields across the yield curve dropped significantly. I suppose a pop in the Unemployment Rate from 5% to 5.5% may have helped bonds a little as well. Early in the week our tragic hero Doctor Ben of the Bernanke and Federal Reserve variety told the financial world and anyone else who wanted to listen that the Fed was most certainly done cutting rates and emphatically supports the Treasury's stronger dollar policy.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Greenspan Interest Rate Conundrum In Reverse / Interest-Rates / US Housing

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere was an interesting chart in the New York Times article Shrinking Lines of Credit .

The fact that home lines of credit are shrinking is not really news, nor is the fact that mortgage rates are stubbornly high. I have talked about both of those on many occasions.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Signs of the End for Fed US Interest Rate Cuts Are Everywhere / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Donald_W_Dony

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith inflationary pressures coming out of Pandora's box again, and largely fueled by soaring crude oil prices, is it any wonder that the Fed has stated in its last FOMC meeting in late April that this rate cut was "a close call" and that "any future rate deductions will be closely reviewed". The talk now, coming from Mr. Bernanke, is concern surrounding the low level of the U.S. dollar and inflation. So as the shift in direction has moved 180 degrees from providing stimulus to the financial markets and preventing a recession from taking root to inflation and currency protection. But were there signs of this new direction earlier in the market? From an intermarket perspective, there were plenty of clues by April.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Next Phase of the Credit Crisis to Hit Credit Default Swaps $62 Trillion Market / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile attention has been focused on the relatively tiny US „sub-prime“ home mortgage default crisis as the center of the current financial and credit crisis impacting the Anglo-Saxon banking world, a far larger problem is now coming into focus. Sub-prime or high-risk Collateralized Mortgage Obligations, CMOs as they are called, are only the tip of a colossal iceberg of dodgy credits which are beginning to go sour. The next crisis is already beginning in the $62 TRILLION market for Credit Default Swaps. You never heard of them? It's time to take a look, then.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, June 06, 2008

Downgrades of Monoline Bond Insurers AMBAC and MBIA- The Story No One is Talking About / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShortly after a 200+ point rally yesterday in the Dow Jones Industrial Average we had some big news. REALLY big news. Had this happened a few months ago when everyone was talking about the mere possibility, we'd likely have seen a 4 digit Dow because of it. It is likely that by the time this article reaches inboxes, websites, and blogs around the globe the story will have broken. However, as of market open, Financial Times is the only major site I've found carrying a headline. There are bits and pieces elsewhere, but they are largely buried in small backpage articles. I was lucky enough to see the blurb in the company news of AMBAC only because the stock is on one of my watch lists.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Fed Governors Openly Question Ben Bernanke's Competence / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Open dissent at the Fed continues. I first talked about this a week ago in Infighting At The Fed . Today Lacker Says Fed Loans to Wall Street Risk More Crises . Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said the lending to securities firms that the central bank introduced in March may lay the seeds of further financial crises.

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