• Unemployment

    The Fed will respond to Friday’s brutal jobs report by announcing an Operation Twist—the purchase of longer-dated Treasurys and sale of short-dated Treasurys—at its next meeting, economists said.

  • Treasury Taking Risk With Short-Term Bonds: Study Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:12 PM ET
    U.S. Savings Bonds

    Over 70 percent of Treasury bonds mature within 5 years, leaving the US vulnerable to any shift in investor sentiment at a time when its debt load has almost doubled in four years, the OECD says.

  • August Markets: Fear Factor Takes Its Toll   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 4:04 PM ET
    August Markets: Fear Factor Takes Its Toll

    Perspective on fear in the markets and how investors can protect their portfolios as we head into September, with Larry Haverty, Gabelli Global Multimedia Trust, and Yu-dee Chang, ACE Investment Strategists.

  • Deleveraging is a 'Pretty Volatile Process": KLS Exec Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 2:54 PM ET

    The "total leverage system" has not come down over the last couple of years, Jeffrey Kronthal, co-managing partner and co-CIO of KLS Diversified Asset Management, told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Bill Gross Backtracks on Treasurys   Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 7:00 PM ET
    Bill Gross Backtracks on Treasurys

    Betting against US debt was a mistake, says Bill Gross, PIMCO founder & co-CIO. David Goldman, former BofA fixed income research head, and Scott Nations, NationsShares, weigh in.

  • How Low Can Treasury Yields Go? Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 5:46 PM ET

    With US Treasury yields dropping lower Tuesday, the Fast traders had their eyes on the Treasury play.  

  • Did Bernanke Blow Boomers' Retirement?   Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 12:15 PM ET
    Did Bernanke Blow Boomers' Retirement?

    With ten year yields near historical lows, how can those saving for retirement boost their returns? Insight with Michael Falcon, J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

  • Analysts Weigh In on Bill Gross 'Mistake' on Bonds Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:02 AM ET

    Pimco's manager in charge of the world's largest bond fund, Bill Gross, may have made a mistake when betting against US bond prices earlier this year, but the economy has deteriorated faster than anyone had appreciated, analysts told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Sovereign Spreads Challenging Cherished Notions Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 2:35 AM ET
    Ronald McDonald

    A few years ago, I pointed out in a column that the cost of insuring the US government against a default in the credit derivatives market, had risen above that of McDonalds, the US fast food company, for the first time, the FT's Gillian Tett writes.  

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    Volatility is likely to be a major challenge for the asset management industry and institutional investors, as a lack of transparency and major concerns over the global economy persist, according to Nicholas Lyster, European CEO of asset management firm Principal Global Investors.

  • US Gasoline Futures Begin Trading Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 12:56 AM ET

    Gasoline futures opened slightly lower Sunday evening as East Coast refineries got through Hurricane Irene relatively unscathed.

  • ConocoPhillips Shuts New Jersey Refinery Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 | 5:17 PM ET

    ConocoPhillips has shut down its 238,000 barrel-per-day Bayway refinery New Jersey, as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Irene. The company also says its terminals are shutting down until it is safe to resume operations.

  • A satellite image from NOAA's National Hurricane Center tracking Hurricane Irene in the western Atlantic.

    Gasoline futures declined Friday but rose nearly 3 percent for the week amid hurricane fears.

  • Don't Bet on 'Bernanke Put': Analyst Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 8:19 AM ET
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to announce a third round of quantitative easing in his Jackson Hole speech this afternoon, Tony Fratto, the director of Hamilton Place Strategies, a public policy research firm, told CNBC.

  • US Funds Show True State of Euro Zone Banks Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 1:35 AM ET

    In any murder mystery film, it pays to watch the boring gray man (or woman) in the corner; quiet, unobtrusive characters can be deadly. So, too, in finance. Four years ago, the giant US money market funds seemed some of the dullest actors in the global financial scene. But in 2007, they quietly helped to spark the crisis in the mortgage-backed securities world.

  • 20% Chance of Recession: KC Fed's Hoenig Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 1:57 PM ET
    Thomas Hoenig

    The president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve told CNBC he sees a 20 percent chance of a recession.

  • What Do Markets Expect From Jackson Hole? Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech from Jackson Hole, due later on Friday, has already been more widely trailed than a James Cameron film – although you can expect fewer special effects.

  • More Fed Action Hollow Substitute for Fiscal Stimulus Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 12:16 PM ET
    US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke during the Economic Daily Briefing.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be willing and able to provide more monetary stimulus for the U.S. economy, but the more effective medicine—fiscal aid out of Washington—isn’t in the wings, say economists.

  • Jackson Hole: Not So Restful Retreat   Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 8:15 AM ET
    Jackson Hole:  Not So Restful Retreat

    This speech will give Bernanke a chance to clear up some of the vague statements he made during the recent FOMC, says Jim Caron, Morgan Stanley Head of Interest Rate Strategy, who adds the Fed chief will probably not announce a QE3 or share details of steps to grow the economy.

  • Should Investors Beware 'Operation Twist'? Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 1:06 PM ET
    Treasury Building

    Investors thinking they can find both safety and yield in Treasurys are making a dangerous bet that could begin to unravel soon, especially if the Federal Reserve switches from its easing programs to an updated version of Operation Twist.