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First Half in Review: Melt Up!

Chris Wang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Money
Chris Wang

I've been in the business for almost 17 years now and I can't remember a time when virtually all assets classes went up together. Needless to say these are highly unusual times.

Finally, the End of the Five-Year Armageddon Trade?

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Plenty of worry for the famous wall that markets often climb, but no Armageddon's on the horizon. Maybe we can get back to "normalcy" after all, even with increased market "volume" more to the upside.

2014: Investing in a World of Hyperaggressive Monetary Policy

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The growth of the U.S.'s bigger and broader productive economy has been stunted by bad policies and bank bailouts benefiting rent-seeking financiers siphoning off an outsized percentage of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).

China Considers Dumping U.S. Assets

Agence France Presse | Bill Savadove | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

A US debt default could spur China to diversify its multi-trillion-dollar foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, analysts say, as Beijing see...

Zach Carter

Treasury Warns Against 'Catastrophic' Default | Zach Carter | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday released a report warning of potentially "catastrophic" damage should Congress fail to raise th...

Why the Debt Ceiling Should Be Ignored by the US Treasury

Georges Ugeux | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

It is time for courage in front of those who play the credit of the United States of American at the Russian roulette. There is a moment when giving the authority to a small group of extremists to threaten the Nation is purely and simply unconstitutional and unethical.

MMT to Washington: There Is No Long-term Deficit Problem!

Warren Mosler | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Warren Mosler

What do the president, the party leaders, all members of Congress, all the headline economists (both hawks and doves), the entire Federal Open Market Committee, and just about everyone else apart from Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) proponents agree on?

The Fiscal White Elephant Is in Danger of Outgrowing the Room

Michael Kay | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Michael Kay

There are many that won't entertain the U.S. being vulnerable to a mass sell-off in U.S. treasuries but then I doubt that four years ago, Berlusconi, Papandreou, Socrates, Cowen and Kiviniemi would have signed up to that notion either.

Economic Ambiguity

Michael Farr | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

We continue to believe that investors are underestimating the risks inherent to the bond market at this stage in the game. Bond investors are not being compensated for the risks they are assuming when they are not even able to earn the expected rate of inflation.

2011 Winners Can Make You a 2012 Loser

Dan Solin | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Everyone wants to be a stock market winner. There were some big winners in 2011.

U.S. Treasuries No Sanctuary From Europe's Debt Problems

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Record low interest rates and record high debt levels are a marriage that history tells us won't last long.

Reuters Analysis: The Consequences Of Fed's Twist On Pension Funds

Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

The Federal Reserve's 'Operation Twist' to bring down bond yields and stimulate the economy is likely to cause pain for the nation's largest pension f...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Fed Launches Stimulus To Abate 'Continuing Weakness' In Labor Market | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

The Federal Reserve has unleashed another creative attempt to stimulate the economy, moving to increase its holdings in long-term securities in order ...

A Gross Miscalculation

Dan Solin | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Even the best and the brightest can get it wrong. If you are relying on brokers and active managers to "beat the markets" and "add alpha," you are gambling and not investing.

S&P Downgrade Reflects Political Divisions That May Be Our Greatest Source of Risk

David Paul | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
David Paul

One week after the downgrade of the United States bond rating, the markets have returned a verdict of sorts.

The Pot and the Kettle

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

If the only factor in rating the U.S. national debt was the performance of Congress, we would deserve lower than junk bond status. The political polls agree.

After Downgrade, Americans Must Drive Tea Party From Power

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The world's most powerful country was brought to the edge of financial chaos by Mrs. Bachmann and her Tea Party cohorts. Americans should never forget the damage that they have caused the whole nation.

Dan Froomkin

U.S. Credit Downgrade's Direct Effect Could Be Negligible, History Suggests | Dan Froomkin | Posted 10.06.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The downgrade of the U.S.'s AAA credit rating by Standard & Poor's on Friday may end up having little to no effect on interest rates for...

Fed Remains Noncommittal About New Stimulus, Despite Sluggish Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business

With the debt-ceiling fight resolved, and discouraging economic reports piling up, the Federal Reserve is under close scrutiny for signs that it might...

Answering The Big What-If Questions Of Debt Default

Posted 09.29.2011 | Business

(Lauren Young) - The debt negotiations are getting down to the wire. Republican and Democratic lawmakers are scrambling to broker a deal to raise the ...

USA Is "AAA" in Label Only

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

In the spring of 2007, the Fed reported that the degree of leverage in the global financial system was less than at the time of Long Term Capital Management, but in reality it was much greater. Global regulators are now repeating their mistakes.

Municipal Bonds Market Shows Signs Of Healing

Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

CHICAGO (Karen Pierog) - The U.S. municipal bond market had its best quarterly performance in two years in the second quarter of 2011, besting both U....

Banks Prepare To Lower August Use Of U.S. Treasuries As Precaution

Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - A number of Wall Street's biggest banks are preparing to lower their use of U.S. Treasuries in August, the Financial Times reported on Sund...

Right Wing "Facts" V. Reality

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 08.12.2011 | Media
Andrew Reinbach

Even when a conservative and I agree on a premise, we come to completely different conclusions. Why? My own guess is that conservatives' source for facts is the right wing media, a more or less alternate reality filled with alternate facts.

Economy's 'Little Ray Of Hope': The Service Sector

Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - The pace of growth in the services sector picked up modestly in May while gauges of new orders and employment climbed, according to an indu...