• Volatile Muni Market Taxes Confidence But Not Returns Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:31 PM ET
    Construction Highway

    The recent selloff in the historically stable municipal bond market may have given tax-conscious investors pause, but investment pros say the intrinsic value of munis remains, especially for tax-conscious investors.

  • The dollar has been on the rise as yields on treasury notes have soared to record highs. Meanwhile, yields on the 30-year note are at their highest levels since May, so should you be fighting the Fed? Keith McCullough, CEO of Hedgeye Risk Management and CNBC contributor discussed his insights.

  • Fed’s Contrarian Has a Wary Eye on the Past Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 7:58 AM ET
    Thomas Hoenig

    As the lone dissenter on the Federal Reserve committee that sets interest rates, Thomas Hoenig, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, has been a persistent skeptic of just about everything the Fed’s chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has done to try to stimulate the flagging recovery. The New York Times reports.

  • Data Raise Doubt on Foreign Appetite for Muni Bonds Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 5:52 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The surge in the municipal bond market is widely credited to foreign interest in the taxable bonds that dozens of states have issued under the Build America Bond program, reports the New York Times.

  • Cramer: Sell Bonds, Switch Into These Dividend Payers Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 3:19 PM ET

    Here are three picks that are far better than Treasurys.

  • New $100 note

    A significant production problem with new high-tech $100 bills has caused government printers to shut down production of the new notes and to quarantine more than one billion of the bills in huge vaults, CNBC has learned.

  • US Stocks are Cheap, Treasurys Expensive: CIO Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 9:31 AM ET

    Stocks are one of the best value asset classes available to investors, but sovereign bonds including US Treasurys are among the most expensive, Hank Smith, CIO of Haverford Investment, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • ENERGY—Francis Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 3:28 PM ET
    A man working with oil barrels.

    Crude oil prices surge past $100 a barrel, the natural gas market sputters and the dollar sinks.

  • Predictions 2011: John Kilduff On The Markets And Yemen Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 3:28 PM ET

    Emerging markets will falter, energy prices will fall sharply, the dollar will rally, the Fewd will drop its QE2 and the U.S. will take military action in Yemen.

  • Next Debt Crisis May Start in Washington: Bair Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 6:25 AM ET
    FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

    The US needs to take urgent action to cut its debt in order to prevent the next financial crisis, which may start in Washington, Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposits Insurance Corp. (FDIC) wrote in an editorial in the Washington Post.

  • Fed Adopts Political Tactics on Critics Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
    Ben Bernake with Chris Dodd

    Faced with unusually sharp ideological attacks after its latest bid to stimulate the economy, the Federal Reserve now faces a challenge far removed from the conduct of monetary policy: how to defend itself in a hyperpartisan environment without becoming overtly political. The New York Times reports.

  • Mortgage Rate Spike: How High Will They Go? Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 12:35 PM ET
    Mortgage application

    Higher yields on 10-year treasury bonds are wreaking havoc on mortgage rates, but will they so the same to housing's recovery?

  • Clearing House Doubles Irish Bonds Margin Requirement  Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 10:02 AM ET

    Clearing house LCH Clearnet doubled its margin requirement for Irish government bonds Wednesday, reacting to fears over uncertainty regarding the country's debt issues, which pushed yields on Irish debt higher.

  • The Fed Is Right to Turn On the Tap Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 10:52 AM ET

    The sky is falling, scream the hysterics: the Federal Reserve is pouring forth dollars in such quantities that they will soon be worthless. Martin Wolf from FT.com disagrees.

  • There's 'a Bit of a Bond Bubble': FDIC's Bair Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 7:01 AM ET
    FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair on CNBC'c Power Lunch

    The US needs to deleverage the financial system and restore market discipline and must keep the effects of protracted low interest rates in mind, as a bond bubble seems to be developing, FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair told CNBC.

  • Is the 2-Year Bond Auction Telling You Something? Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 5:28 PM ET

    The traders are closely watching the action in Treasurys after Tuesday’s $36 billion two-year note auction showed strong demand.

  • Junk Bond Prices Hit Pre-Crisis Levels Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 7:31 AM ET

    Strong investor demand for junk bonds has pushed the average price on such corporate debt to its highest level since June 2007, when companies could borrow with ease at the height of the credit boom, the Financial Times reports.

  • That HFT accounts for a large share of daily trading does not mean it moves stock prices. Prices move in response to marginal changes in the bid and ask of prices, not in response to sheer volume. Big price moves generate big volume, not the other way around

  • Your First Move For Monday September 13th Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 6:02 PM ET

    Here’s our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you Monday’s best trades, right now.

  • As Sept Unfolds, Can Bulls Maintain Field Position? Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 5:49 PM ET

    On Friday stocks recorded their seventh gain in eight sessions, an impressive accomplishment given September is historically the worst month of the year.