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  • Donald L. Kohn

    The Fed's efforts to stabilize credit markets during the financial crisis didn't create a "moral hazard" where Wall Street can count on being bailed out, retiring Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn told CNBC.

  • Why Even Central Bankers Are Unsure What to Do Now Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 1:16 PM ET
    Jackson Hole Wyoming

    What was obvious at last week's annual meeting of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wy., was that they aren't certain how to conduct policy now that interest rates are near zero. There also are big differences about what to do when things return to “normal.”

  • A rally in stocks (today's gains were the biggest in nearly four weeks) has caused havoc in the bond market with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note doing something we don't see often—backing up considerably (yield rising, price falling.)

  • Emerging Market Bonds Land High Returns Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 4:48 PM ET
    World Expo 2010

    Even if you’re on the "staycation" plan this year, your investments can land in exotic places—like Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico—and yield attractive returns in their emerging market bonds.

  • People Have 'Huge Disbelief' in Government: CIO Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 6:35 AM ET

    A big risk for markets is the fact that faith in the US government's ability to fight the economic markets is eroding, Steen Jakobsen, Chief Investment Officer at Litmus Capital Partners told CNBC Friday.

  • Brisk Demand for Corporate Bonds: Morgan Keegan Exec Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 4:59 PM ET

    Banking on investment-grade corporate bonds, not for the investor who likes quick returns, is just right the CD, Treasury or agency buyer, they fit the bill, a fixed-income specialist told CNBC Thursday.

  • Where to Invest Now—Stocks, Gold or Treasurys? Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 2:22 PM ET

    Stocks extended their losses Thursday following a handful of disappointing economic news. Where is the best place for investors to put their money? Brent Wilsey, president of Wilsey Asset Management, David Zervos, chief strategist at Jefferies Fixed Income, and Sterling Smith, soft commodities analyst at Country Hedging, discussed their insights.

  • 10 Reasons Why We Won’t Crash Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | 7:02 PM ET

    Cramer debunks a recent popular Wall Street Journal article.

  • As high-yield bond trading activity has one of its best years ever, investors are looking for and finding solid investments in that arena, a Citigroup banker told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Treasury Seal

    Investors ought to have no more than 15 percent to 20 percent of Treasurys in their portfolio, a Morgan Stanley banker told CNBC Monday.

  • Call for Careful Overhaul of US Mortgage Lending Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 10:48 AM ET

    Without government backing, some large investors have said they would stop buying mortgage bonds, which would be catastrophic both for the housing market and the broader economy, the FT reports.

  • Double Dip? A Tipping Point May Be Near Sunday, 15 Aug 2010 | 10:19 AM ET

    Like a car spinning its wheels, the American economy hasn’t been getting much traction. The NYT reports.

  • Halftime Pt. 1: Bulls To Stage Comeback? Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 1:34 PM ET

    On Thursday the Fast Money traders scoured the market looking for the next market 'tell'. Are the bulls about to stage a comeback?

  • Investors Flocking to Corporate Bonds Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 | 1:11 PM ET

    If you needed any more proof about how risk averse investors have become, look no further than the corporate bond market. With interest rates at record lows, corporate America is coming to the debt market in droves. And investors seem to have an almost insatiable appetite.

  • America Is 'Bankrupt Mickey Mouse Economy': CIO Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 | 9:25 AM ET

    America is a "Mickey Mouse economy" that is technically bankrupt, according to Jochen Wermuth, the CIO and managing partner at Wermuth Asset Management.

  • Bernanke May Be More a 'Moderator' Than a Leader Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | 9:40 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The blame for the uncertainty that surrounds Tuesday’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee should perhaps be placed on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's leadership style, or lack of it.

  • Fixed Income: Low Down Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | 1:07 PM ET

    With interest rates at or near historic lows, you may think it is time to flee the bond market. Don't. "Despite the talk of a bond bubble or a bond bear market, it’s not the end of the world for a diversified investor," says one market watcher.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Rates keep falling, and Wall Street increasingly seems convinced that they will stay low for years. But it isn’t the Federal Reserve that is cutting them — it is the bond market. The NYT reports.

  • Markets are bracing for a not-so-good July jobs report, which should show a continued sluggish recovery in private sector payrolls.

  • On Thursday our traders were attempting to gauge the ripple effect, after Russia said it would temporarily halt grain exports.