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Analysis Topic: Interest Rates and the Bond Market

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Interest-Rates

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Incompetent Paulson Talks Up Price of Mortgage Backed Securities / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI hope those who want to sharpen their skills at the art of negotiations are watching Hank Paulson and learning exactly what not to do. Rule number one when entering into a bargaining agreement to purchase an asset is: DO NOT commit to purchasing the asset before negotiating a price. Makes sense, right?

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Financial Armageddon and the Re-pricing of Collateralized Debt / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: John_Mauldin

  • Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePricing in Financial Armageddon
  • Inside a RMBS
  • Ratings to Collateral to Ratings: A Vicious Cycle
  • This Too Shall Pass

My Dad used to tell me there is no accounting for standards when looking at something that seemed odd. Today, we have faulty standards for accounting that are ripping apart the fabric of the world's economy. How can a security that has a high probability of full repayment be downgraded from AA to junk levels?

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Interest-Rates

Friday, September 19, 2008

US Taxpayer: A Giant Dumpster For Illiquid Assets / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePaulson, Bernanke, and Congress are conspiring to make the US taxpayer the fall guy for financial stupidity by banks and brokers. Congress is now willing to ram through legislation at the last moment, even though Senate Majority Leader Reid Says "No One Knows What to Do" .
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Interest-Rates

Friday, September 19, 2008

You Own Junk Bonds, Like it or Not / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor many years now we've all seen the reckless use of taxpayer funds by Washington . This irresponsible and unaccountable waste of tax dollars has been particularly prominent during President Bush's tenure - from billions going to blow up bridges, roads and buildings in Iraq , only to rebuild them - to the Department of Homeland Security, which is no more than a joke. Meanwhile, America 's own infrastructure is in badly need of repair, with current estimates anywhere between $1.5 to $3 trillion and growing each day.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, September 19, 2008

Time for Selective Buying of Mortgaged Backed Securities? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat's the difference between a TV rating and a bond rating? Answer: The TV rating is audited.

Putting the incompetence of the rating industry in USA and Nadeem Walayat's expression Tulip Backed Securities to one side, my granny always used to say, "Where there's Muck there's Brass"

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Credit Freeze, 3 Month Treasury Yields Effectively Hit Zero, Gold Soars / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA massive global rally in treasuries is underway and gold may be headed for its biggest one day advance in history as global systemic distrust sets in.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Federal Reserve Holds Interest Rates Defying Wall Street / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: The U.S. central bank's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) yesterday (Tuesday) left the benchmark Federal Funds rate target at 2.0%, after many had expected the central bank policymaking committee to cut rates in the wake of the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ( LEH ) collapse.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pimco, Vanguard Are Biggest Bond Fund Losers in Lehman Collapse / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

It's payback time for betting on moral hazards as Pimco, Vanguard Are Biggest Bond Fund Losers in Lehman Collapse .
Pimco Advisors LP, Vanguard Group Inc. and Franklin Advisers Inc. are among the investment companies that will face losses of at least $86 billion stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the biggest bankruptcy in history.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, September 15, 2008

US Treasury Bonds Slide as Financial's Take Turns at Blowing Up / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US Treasury market seems to be running out of steam here in spite of supportive data from economic fundamentals. Canadian long term bonds have kept pace with the trend to lower yields in the US market and seem to be poised for a breather as well.

The cream of the financial crop is relentlessly taking turns at blowing up. Last week it was Fannie and Freddie – the largest mortgage companies in the world, this week it was Lehman Brothers - another one of the largest investment dealers on the planet, next week it looks like it could be AIG – not long ago the largest insurance company around – that might be on the bankruptcy block.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, September 12, 2008

FOMC US Interest Rate Meeting of September 16th / Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates

By: Joseph_Brusuelas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNearly ten years ago the Federal Open Market Committee convened a special meeting to address the problems in U.S. financial markets regarding the failure at Long Term Capital Management. It is not without irony that one decade later the Fed and the U.S. Treasury are addressing an infinitely more complex problem with respect to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while at the same time contemplating the potential failure of major investment and commercial banks.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Carry Trade Unwinding Hell Continues / Interest-Rates / Yen Carry Trade

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Central Bank of New Zealand Cut Benchmark Lending Rate 50 Basis Points and announced "We have room to move".
New Zealand's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a half point to 7.5 percent, more than forecast by most economists, saying the economy is in a recession and inflation will slow.

The nation's currency dropped to a 22-month low, and bond yields fell after the decision. "We've got room to move, "Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said in an interview from Wellington today "We're in a loosening mode."


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Interest-Rates

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Perverse US Dollar Rally Prelude to Financial System Collapse / Interest-Rates / Financial Crash

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMore crucial than ever, observers must take the broader perspective that avoids overhearing the party on Wall Street. They know not what they celebrate. It is their demise. They rejoice over the collapse of mortgage bonds and now the mortgage centrifuge with a big fat fanny. They rejoice over collapse of Lehman Brothers. They rejoice over the disaster du jour offered at the financial lunch table. In the past two months, a remarkable sequence of events has taken place regarding US$-based bonds. They have been called home , a demand to be brought back to US shores.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fannie Mae/ Freddie Mac Takeover to Prevent Bond Market Armageddon / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the twin giants of the home mortgage industry, own or guarantee assets of $5.3 trillion, almost half of the $12 trillion housing market in the U.S. These assets have been disappearing in value due to the collapse of the housing bubble. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Interest-Rates

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fannie and Freddie Bailout Destined to Fail as US Debt Doubles / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin D. Weiss writes: With Sunday's announcement of the most massive federal bailout of all time, it's now official: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest mortgage lenders on Earth, are bankrupt.

Some Washington bigwigs and bureaucrats will inevitably try to spin it. They'll avoid the "b" word with vengeance. They'll push the "c" word (conservatorship) with passion. And in the newspeak of 21st century bailouts, they'll tell you "it all depends on what the definition of solvency is."

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Credit Default Swap Dealers the Big Winners from Fannie and Freddie Takeover / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBloomberg is reporting 1.4 Trillion in Fannie, Freddie Credit-Default Swaps May Be Settled .
Investors may be forced to settle contracts protecting more than $1.4 trillion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds against default after the U.S. seized control of the companies in a bid to bolster the housing market.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Paul_J_Nolte

The official take-over of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has begun. Whether this is the beginning of the end or merely the end of the beginning is yet to be determined, however it is certainly the hope that this move will begin to calm the housing market and allow mortgage money to once again flow. The effect of money back into housing should put a floor in the housing markets, but those effects will only likely begin to show up in the data a few months from now.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, September 08, 2008

US Treasury Bonds Rally Continues as Fannie and Freddie Nationalized / Interest-Rates / US Bonds

By: Levente_Mady

The US Treasury market has been stair-stepping higher since the middle of July. The US Long bond was within a whisker of its annual high on Friday immediately following the weaker than expected employment report. Canadian bonds also rallied in spite of disappointment with latest policy directives from the Bank of Canada.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, September 05, 2008

Credit Crisis Shock Wave Hitting US Economy, Bonds and Stocks / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSomething big this way comes. Events will center upon the arch-nemesis of gold, the US Treasury Bond. Market interference is too huge, for bonds, for bank stocks, for the entire financial sector. Banking system structures are too broken. The pillars of the US Economy are all in deep trouble, with profound deficits and insolvency the rule of the day. See the USGovt federal deficit (growing fast), the trade deficit (chronically large), the housing negative equity (worsening gradually), and insolvent banks (worse each quarter, despite the denials). A massive shock wave is coming. In all likelihood plans are in place, with events already set in motion, as the plan is probably to be event driven.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, September 05, 2008

US Treasury Bull Market Continues as Risks of Deflationary Crash Grow / Interest-Rates / Deflation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US Treasury Bull market is still intact after 27 years.

30 Year Long Bond 1990-Present

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Bank of England Keeps UK Interest Rates on Hold for Final Month? / Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe pressure is building on the Bank of England to start cutting interest rates with immediate effect as the UK economy plunges over the edge of the cliff, taking with it any hopes of a labour election victory. During the weekend Gordon Browns Darling chancellor finally showed signs of cracking-up under the strain of continually toeing Gordon Browns party line of ignoring the financial and economic fundamentals by painting a repetitively rosy picture for the British economy and financial system.

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