NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.» Read More
If China is no longer the U.S. government's largest creditor who is?
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Crude oil prices surge past $100 a barrel, the natural gas market sputters and the dollar sinks.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
The traders are closely watching the action in Treasurys after Tuesday’s $36 billion two-year note auction showed strong demand.
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.
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