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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Final Interest Rate Cut of 2007 / Interest-Rates / Global Stock Markets

By: Regent_Markets

Housing news and interest rate decisions dominated headlines and market sentiment yet again last week. Its easy to forget that there were times when this wasn't the case.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

US Interest Rate Cuts and Mortgage Bailout Will Avert US Recession in 2008 / Interest-Rates / US Economy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US Fed's reaction to date to the housing bust and US subprime mortgage credit crisis is by making deep cuts in US interest rates that today will see at least a further 0.25% cut bringing the rate down to 4.25%, off 1% from the 5.25% high just 3 months ago.

The US Fed is clearly in full blown panic mode, with the aim of the cuts to avert a potentially deep US recession.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 10, 2007

Nuclear Bond Implosion Ahead As Long-term Inflationary Expectations Rise / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Alex_Wallenwein

The US Fed's measure for long term inflationary expectations may keep it from dropping rates much further, potentially setting off a 'nuclear' bond-price implosion. An only hours-old Bloomberg article details why "Chopper-Bernie" may have to ground his inflation-helicopter much earlier than anyone expects.

In essence, an inflation indicator used by the Fed, and literally signed off on by Alan Greenspan, indicates that bond investors' long-term inflationary expectations are on the rise - and significantly so.

Bond investors have recently been lulled into a false sense of security by the alleged 'fact' that inflation remained so low.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 10, 2007

Bank of England Worried as Interbank Interest Rates Fail to Fall / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Bank of England responded last week with a panic interest rate cut to 5.5% on the latest signs of the UK housing market entering a bear market with the release of Halifax November House price data showing a sharp fall in house prices of 1.1%, and the liquidity squeeze that had raised the interbank rate substantially above the base rate.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, December 09, 2007

ECB Breaks US Dollar's Neck on Euro-zone Interest Rates Statements / Interest-Rates / Euro-Zone

By: Alex_Wallenwein

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYesterday, December 6, 2007, the ECB's Trichet announced that, while currently holding steady at 4.00 percent, he is willing to raise the euro's equivalent of the US federal funds rate in a heartbeat if euro-zone price inflation continues to rise next year.

EU zone inflation is widely expected to reach 2.5 percent next year, well above the ECB's tolerance level of around 2.00 percent.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 07, 2007

Impending Global Financial Crisis As Credit Markets Grind to a Halt / Interest-Rates / Credit Crunch

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe wreckage in the housing market just keeps piling up. Sales of existing homes in October dipped 23.5% from last year. Prices on new homes dropped 13% year over year. Third quarter foreclosures skyrocketed to 635,000, a 94% increase over last October and an all-time high on the Misery-Meter. The real estate market is in free-fall and the real trouble hasn't even begun yet.

  California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida are mired in a full-blown housing depression. Inventory is off-the-chart. Presently, there's a 10.8 month backlog and the numbers are steadily rising. If foreclosures continue at the current pace, by the end of 2008, there'll be a 14 month inventory. That means that every builder in the country could take off his tool-belt right now and stop working FOR MORE THAN A YEAR before the market would clear. Contractors would be filling out job-applications at Red Lobster or looking for an empty street-corner with a tin cup.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 07, 2007

Analysis of Interbank and Base Interest Rate Spread / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England cut UK interest rates on Thursday. One of the primary reasons for the cut was the credit crunch, and specifically its impact on the interbank money markets, which has seen the interbank rates soar since the credit crunch exploded on the scene during August 07, due to the fact there is an increased risk of default and lack of liquidity despite subsequent liberal amounts of liquidity released by the US Fed and the European Central bank. Therefore this article analyses the spread between the base interest rate as set by the Bank of England and the money markets 3 month inter-bank lending rate.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Credit 'Crunch' or Credit Collapse? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crunch

By: Alex_Wallenwein

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow can you protect yourself during the worsening credit crunch?

To figure that out, we first need to understand what this 'credit crunch' really is, from the most fundamental perspective possible. For, it's root cause is not the sub-prime mortgage default crisis as financial pundits like to claim. It goes far, far deeper than that.

We all know by now that the entire world financial structure is dependent on one thing, and one thing only. That one thing is the very brick from which the splendid looking but dangerously tilting edifice is constructed:

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 03, 2007

Popeye Paulson To Bailout SIV's and Subprime Mortgages But Without Constructive Workable Policies / Interest-Rates / Subprime Mortgage Risks

By: Brady_Willett

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was trying to strong-arm the supposedly free markets again last week, this time catching headlines for his fronting of the government's proposal to temporarily freeze interest rates on some troubled subprime mortgages. You have to give Mr. Paulson credit for having the bluster to constantly make media appearances – first to dispel contagion fears, then to announce that he was helping banks set-up an SIV bailout, and now to provide an update on his subprime bailout plans. At the same time, you have to give the media very little credit* for questioning both his tactics and his apparent lack of results. Of course juggling two Treasury coordinated bailouts at the same time is no simple task. Most immediately there are the tactical concerns associated with directing Citigroup representatives to the right conference room – we can only imagine the reception desk querying new arrivals as if they were diners at a low-end stake-house: ‘are you here for the SIV or subprime bailout?'

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 03, 2007

US Interest Rate Cuts To Not Show In Economic Data Until Late 2008 / Interest-Rates / US Economy

By: Paul_J_Nolte

The last three weeks really just didn't count as far as the markets were concerned. Never mind the multiple 200+ down days for the Dow, the multiple 200+ up days or the many “key” 9 to 1 volume days on both up and down days, as the markets are right where they were on November 7 th , before all the bad (and good) stuff happened. The housing and sub-prime issues continue to pervade trader's thoughts and actions and until an infusion of cash to Citigroup, investors felt we were on the cusp of a financial meltdown. Comments from Fed officials in advance of their meeting on the 11 th also indicated they stood at the ready to cut rates further to avoid further erosion in the economy.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 03, 2007

Catch-22 for US Fed and Global Economy On Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / Global Financial System

By: Captain_Hook

What can I tell you, but I told you so. Finally, Europeans are waking up to the fact cake eaters on Wall Street intend to devalue their way out of their problems, as forecast here on these pages recently. This is because it's really beginning to hurt, and it now appears the US intends to make the currency trade a one way event in postponing any pain like the stock market.

The only problem with this brand of thinking, if you can call what price managers are doing these days thinking, is a good old-fashioned currency crisis , which should go a long ways in waking up slumbering societies around the world in turn, along with keeping gold in the forefront. This should become even more apparent today with Bernanke speaking, where already yesterday a panicky Fed was pandering the mob by hinting at lower rates.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Bernanke Interest Rate Cycle, Age of Turbulence and Pavlov's Dog / Interest-Rates / US Economy

By: Tim_Iacono

Well, the big news yesterday was that Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn "opened the door" to more interest rate cuts by the Fed and, as a result, equities rallied.

Like Pavlov's dogs it seems.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Fed Fails to Comprehend the Problems Facing US Economy and Dollar / Interest-Rates / US Economy

By: Alex_Wallenwein

US Fed vice-chairman Donald Kohn is in a quandary.

I'm sure he's not alone. It's just that he happened to be tasked with making a set of statements that would have been far too embarrassing for Bernanke to make. That is especially so after Ron Paul publicly slapped him with his own ledger book, so to speak.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Western Economies Hit by Dual Shocks of Rising Commodity Prices and Financial Market Credit Crisis / Interest-Rates / Inflation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"...You can either bail out the big banks with a flood of cheap money, or you can keep a lid on inflation. You can't do both, not according to history. And sometimes – like now – you'll be hard put to achieve either..."

"THE ECONOMY has been hit by two shocks," said Andrew Sentance, a Bank of England policymaker, in a speech on Tuesday night.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

US Subprime Mortgages Lead to a Subprime US Dollar / Interest-Rates / Subprime Mortgage Risks

By: John_Lee

Last Thursday, according to Financial Times, Mr Bernanke told Congress he would support raising the limit on the size of the individual loans eligible for securitisation by the government-sponsored mortgage finance entities from $417,000 to $1m (€680,000, £475,000) on a temporary basis.

He suggested that Fannie and Freddie could pay insurance premiums on these loans to the federal government, which would "act as guarantor" by taking on some of the credit risk.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Next Subprime Dominos to Fall: Junk Bonds and Hedge Fund Risk Insurers / Interest-Rates / Credit Crunch

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe subprime problem, we were told, would not spread to other markets. It would be "contained." And it has, according to Jim Grant. He quipped last week that it has been contained on planet Earth. The risks coming from rising defaults in the US (now above 600,000 and rising from just 200,000 a few years ago) are clearly spreading to markets far beyond the subprime world.

This week's Outside the Box talks about the next two dominoes that could fall: junk bonds and counterparty risk in the various credit default swap markets. Ted Seides is the Director of Investments at Protégé Partners, LLC, a hybrid fund of funds that invests in and seeds small, specialized hedge funds. He writes this week's piece in Peter Bernstein's Economic and Portfolio Strategy, one of the most respected of market analysis letters. You can learn more about the letter at www.peterlbernsteininc.com.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

US Treasury Bond Market Rockets As Yields Drop Sharply on Flight to Safety / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The bond market is going wild again on the upside, thereby pressing 10 year T-note yield to 3.94% from Friday's close at 4.01%, while the 2 year T-note is yielding 3.04%... Let's take a look at the TLT's (Lehman 20 year T-bond ETF)...

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Interest-Rates

Monday, November 26, 2007

Subprime Credit Crunch Continues to Go Global - Hitting French Bank Natixis / Interest-Rates / Credit Crunch

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The credit crunch continues to ripple out across the global financial sector with banks outside of the US just as badly hit as those within the US. Today's turn is the French Bank Natixis (Frances fourth largest bank) which declared that it has been hit hard by its exposure to the US subprime mortgage market. Making bad debt provisions of $600 million against its CDO portfolio in its third quarter results.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Drop In US Long Term Interest Rates Manipulated By Fed Open Market Operations / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Alex_Wallenwein

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStraight from the Horse's, Uhh ... Mouth Ben Bernanke told us five years ago he would inflate to no end. Now he's making good on his word.

Ever wondered why long term interest rates are so conveniently falling in sync with the official need to avoid troubled-loan ARMs to reset significantly higher in early 2008?

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Bank of England Minutes Of November Monetary Policy Committee Meeting / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: BoE

These are the minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting held on 7 & 8 November 2007. The Bank of England Act 1998 gives the Bank of England operational responsibility for setting interest rates to meet the Government’s inflation target. Operational decisions are taken by the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. The Committee meets on a regular monthly basis and minutes of its meetings are released on the Wednesday of the second week after the meeting takes place. Accordingly, the minutes of the Committee meeting held on 5 and 6 December will be published on 19 December 2007.

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