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  • Best Bets: Time To Be Picky About Bonds Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 2:08 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Bond investors need to stick with a selective approach even if the Federal Reserve looks to be in an interest rate cutting mode.

  • CNBC Task Force: Take 'Ownership' Investment Mentality Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 1:53 PM ET

    John Burns says staying the course is the only smart path to prosperity. Burns, founder and chief investment officer of Burns Advisory Group, joined CNBC's "Power Lunch" to offer his insights into how to play the market today -- and how to prepare for tomorrow.

  • CNBC Task Force: Baby Boomers Aren't Saving Enough Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 1:51 PM ET

    Planning for retirement? Then forget the "margaritas by the pool" and start spending less, says Ivory Johnson, director of financial planning at The Scarborough Group. She joined CNBC's "Power Lunch" to discuss sound retirement strategy -- and took the opportunity to criticize Federal Reserve policy.

  • Bonds Rise as Dismal Housing Overshadows Inflation Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    Treasury bond prices rose Wednesday as fresh evidence of a dismal US housing market overshadowed data showing inflation pressures rose slightly, bolstering investors' hopes for an interest rate cut.

  • Pimco's Gross: Rate Cut Coming, But Not in October Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 1:26 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again but probably not at the October policy-making meeting, said Bill Gross, manager of the world's biggest bond fund on Tuesday.

  • Bonds Rise on Renewed Credit Market Worries Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

    U.S. government bond prices rose Tuesday as worries about credit markets and slipping equities prompted investors to seek the safety of Treasurys.

  • Bonds Edge Up as Stocks Tumble on Fresh Credit Woes Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 3:26 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury debt prices rose Monday as stock losses inspired by a weaker financial sector and fresh worries about credit shortages rekindled a bid for safe-haven government bonds.

  • Bonds Fall as Doubts Grow Over October Fed Rate Cut Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 2:06 PM ET

    U.S. Treasurys fell Friday after firm economic data eroded expectations of a bond-friendly Federal Reserve rate cut this month and rebounding stocks sucked cash out of the safe-haven debt market.

  • Bonds Fall on Stock Futures, Lower Jobless Claims Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 9:31 AM ET

    US Treasuries fell Thursday after lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims bolstered views of a healthy labor market, lowering expectations of a near-term interest rate cut.

  • Bond Prices Steady as Rates Outlook Questioned Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 5:50 PM ET

    U.S. government bond prices were little changed Wednesday, as doubts over the outlook for future Federal Reserve interest rate cuts offset an earlier boost in Treasuries provided by sliding stocks.

  • U.S. Treasurys rose slightly Tuesday in lackluster trade as investors looked ahead to the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting when the central bank cut benchmark interest rates.

  • More Investors Turning to Credit Default Swaps Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 12:09 PM ET

    The $50 trillion market for credit default swaps is set to continue a five-year trend of breakneck growth and increasing sophistication after serving a vital role during the summer credit crisis.

  • Bonds Tumble as U.S. Jobs Rebound Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 3:35 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury debt prices plunged on Friday, after a much stronger reading on the labor market suggested the Federal Reserve might not need to cut interest rates later this month.

  • Bonds Rise on Weak Factory Orders Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 4:41 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury debt prices rose Thursday after a steep drop in factory orders suggested businesses are feeling the brunt of a slowing economy.

  • Merrill Shakes Up Staff After Investment Losses Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 12:01 PM ET

    The world's largest brokerage Merrill Lynch, which is expected to announce third-quarter losses in fixed income, said that global head of fixed income, currencies & commodities, has left the firm.

  • Merrill Lynch Replaces Fixed-Income Head Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 5:08 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch said on Wednesday that David Sobotka replaced Osman Semerci as global head of fixed income, currencies & commodities.

  • Bonds Fall on Threat of Lingering Inflation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 3:45 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury prices slipped Wednesday after service sector data showed more hiring and a spike in costs, both worrisome inflation omens for bonds.

  • Bonds Rise as Bleak Housing Turns Bleaker Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 12:16 PM ET

    U.S. Treasurys edged up on Tuesday after data showing pending homes sales fell three times more than forecast, blunting hopes for a swift end to a two-month lending crisis in financial markets.

  • Bonds Up as Factories Slow, Banks Hit by Credit Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 4:52 PM ET

    Long-dated U.S. government bonds rose on Monday as the outlook for manufacturing dimmed and three top investment banks said earnings came under pressure from the global credit crisis.

  • Bonds Gain in Quarter-End Buying, Easing Inflation Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 10:37 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury debt prices rose Friday, the last day of a booming quarter for bonds, after evidence of easing inflation appeared to pave the way for the Federal Reserve to continue to cut interest rates.