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Why The U.S. Is Partially To Blame For Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico's debt crisis results from the island's status as a United States territory lacking the benefits of statehood, according to ...

Republicans vs. Reality on Debt Ceiling/Default

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We know Republicans believe that they can simply "create their own reality." And we know from Stephen Colbert that reality has a well-known liberal bias.

Mark Gongloff

These Four Massive Threats Are Hitting Financial Markets All At Once | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.29.2013 | Business

Everything seems to be going wrong all at once for the world's financial markets. August is on track to be the worst month for U.S. stocks in more ...

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

Michael Farr | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The next few weeks are critical in determining whether or not the economy is on a self-sustaining path.

Apple Makes Unprecedented Move

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business

By John Balassi and Josie Cox NEW YORK/LONDON, April 30 (IFR) - Apple Inc wowed the debt markets on Tuesday with the largest non-bank ...

Mark Gongloff

The Bond Market's Verdict: Austerity, Reinhart & Rogoff Are Losers | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business

Forget about Reinhart and Rogoff, and whether they're right or wrong about the horrors of too much government debt. The bond market has spoken: There'...

Mark Gongloff

The Economic Indicator Even More Frightening Than The Jobs Report | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

The bond market tried to warn us about March's grim jobs report. And it's still warning us that the economy is not in great shape. Ten-year Treasu...

Politics and Draghi Speaks

Michael Farr | Posted 09.07.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The silly season of politics is fully underway. Though it is not our habit to predict political outcomes, we are going on record with our belief that...

Report: Rating Agency Drastically Underreporting Muni Defaults

The Washington Post | Danielle Douglas | Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

Defaults on municipal bonds for decades have been far higher than reported by rating agencies, bringing into question the true risk of a common invest...

What Bernanke Is Trying to Tell the Markets

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

With an understandable short-term mentality dominating, we should expect markets to continue to bundle what central bankers and others feel should be more differentiated. The likely upshot is continued volatility underpinned by alternating periods of risk-on and risk-off.

Mark Gongloff

Bond Buyers Throwing Cash At Uncle Sam | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

The next time you hear somebody freaking out about U.S. government debt, you can remind them that there has never been a better time for the governmen...

The Fed's Jelly Donut Policy

David Einhorn | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
David Einhorn

I believe that stocks are depressed because there is a pervasive feeling that something awful is going to happen. What is this enormous tail-risk? It's the intersection of reckless fiscal policy with overindulgent "Jelly Donut" monetary policy.

The Cruelest Month For Markets Since 2008

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Financial markets went back into crisis mode in April. Bonds, relatively safe-haven investments, were the only global asset class to enjoy positive...

How European Politics Could Impact Markets

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Fed up with how all the economic, financial and policy news out of Europe have been contributing to market volatility? Well, not only will this continue but, now, we must also get ready for something new over the next few weeks.

Best Rally In A Month

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.12.2012 | Business

The U.S. stock market has shaken off its worst plunge in months by having a crazy two-day rally, fueled mainly by wishful thinking. The Dow Jones I...

Time to Take Off the Training Wheels

Michael Farr | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The Fed's monetary manipulation cannot go on forever. It would be nice if the Fed could simply use monetary policy to return us to full employment and economic health. However, this is impossible.

Warm Days and Thunderstorms: Bond Prices Are Rumbling

Michael Farr | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Interest rate movements affect almost every type of investment in some way, but bond investments will react with direct negative correlation. The rule for bond investing is that the lower the coupon and the longer the maturity, the more volatile prices will be.

The Market Robots Strike Again

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Where is John Connor when you need him? We might need some help handling some robots. At about 10 a.m. on the East Coast, just after the Federal Re...

Bell Rings for Bond Bubble

Michael Pento | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

They always tell you no one rings a bell when a market top or bottom is reached. But a bell is now ringing for the end of the 30-year bull market in U.S. debt. And ironically, the bell ringer is our very own U.S. Treasury Department.

Mark Gongloff

The Bond Market Is Trying To Tell Us Something | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

For the past few months, the stock market has been behaving like a reveler who's had just a little too much to drink, and the bond market has been beh...

Markets Still Wary After EU Deal

Posted 12.12.2011 | Business

A European summit deal to strengthen budget discipline in the euro zone failed to restore financial market confidence on Monday, forcing the European ...

Take Our Children, Please!

Steve Fraser | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Steve Fraser

In 1729, Jonathan Swift's idea was simple: the starving Irish should sell their own children to the rich as food. I want to suggest that we put in motion a similar undertaking. The basic idea is that we offer ourselves up as a sacrifice to the bond markets.

Germany, France Push For Power To Reject Eurozone Budgets

Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

Germany and France stepped up a drive on Monday for intrusive powers to reject national budgets in the euro zone that breach EU rules, as a market rou...

German Inflation Fetish Risks Global Catastrophe

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

The world's most irresponsible global citizen of the moment is not North Korea or Iran, despite the obvious dangers each poses. It is not China, favor...

Fiscal Irony

Michael Farr | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

In the U.S., the action in the bond market is difficult to explain. Yields have fallen dramatically this year despite several developments that normally would cause bond investors to flee and yields to soar.