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  • Bill Gates: Low rates pose leverage, bubble risks Monday, 4 May 2015 | 9:22 AM ET
    Bill Gates

    Microsoft's chairman says he's concerned about the negative ramifications of continuing low interest rates not only in the U.S. but around the world.

  • OMAHA, Neb.— Investor Warren Buffett says he thinks the Federal Reserve will have a hard time raising interest rates significantly while Europe continues to struggle. Buffett discussed the outlook for rates during an interview on CNBC Monday after answering questions in front of more than 40,000 people at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting Saturday.

  • Will the Treasury bond selloff continue?   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:50 AM ET
    Will the Treasury bond selloff continue?

    Ben Lichtenstein, president ofTradersAudio.com, says there seems to be "continued weakness" in Treasury prices, amid the discussion on the "inevitable" Fed rate hike.

  • *Gold snaps 3- day losing streak, but still below $1,200. London, May 4- Gold rose on Monday as prices rebounded from the previous session's six-week low, but remained under pressure as the dollar firmed and buyers remained cautious on the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike. Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,182.80 an ounce at 0926 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for June...

  • RPT-Shrinking liquidity exposes markets to crunch Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    LONDON, May 1- The calm on global financial markets masks a growing threat to their smooth functioning should shrinking liquidity morph into an outright crunch in response to a U.S. interest rate rise or some other shock. Some analysts blamed the sell-off on a lack of liquidity, with Commerzbank going so far as to call it a "flash crash." Analysis from GreySpark...

  • *Gold snaps 3- day losing streak, but still below $1,200. SINGAPORE, May 4- Gold edged up on Monday after three days of losses, but the metal wasn't too far from a six-week low as investors continued to speculate on when the Federal Reserve might raise U.S. interest rates. "Gold has proven one time too many that it prefers to stick to $1,200 amid large fluctuations and I am...

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, May 4- The Australian dollar slipped on Monday, dented by speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia may cut interest rates on Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar held steady in a respite from its recent selloff. The Australian dollar, which is seen as a liquid proxy for China plays due to Australia's large trade exposure to China, fell from around...

  • Has China dodged property Armageddon again? Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:31 AM ET

    Remember those worries about a China property crash? Forget all that. Analysts are turning freshly positive on the mainland's property plays.

  • Not worried about deflation risks in China: Pro   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET
    Not worried about deflation risks in China: Pro

    Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics, says China's persistent low inflation is driven by low import prices, which are beneficial for most consumers and firms.

  • *Gold snaps 3- day losing streak, but still below $1,200. SINGAPORE, May 4- Gold snapped a three-day losing streak on Monday as equities took a hit from weak Chinese economic data, but the metal wasn't too far from a six-week low as investors continued to speculate on when the Federal Reserve might raise U.S. interest rates. "Gold has proven one time too many that it...

  • SYDNEY, May 4- Australia's central bank is likely to cut interest rates for a second time this year on Tuesday as a salve for a painfully high local currency and pallid business investment. A Reuters poll of 27 analysts found 20 expected the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut rates to 2.0 percent, while interbank futures imply around a 64 percent probability of that...

  • Forget PMI, employment data matters more: Pro   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:01 PM ET
    Forget PMI, employment data matters more: Pro

    Michael Spencer, co-head of Global Economics at Deutsche Bank, says recent employment data indicate that the Chinese economy isn't growing fast, which explains the change in monetary policy.

  • SINGAPORE, May 4- Gold languished near a six-week low on Monday, unable to recover from a three-day losing streak, as the dollar gained on signs of stabilisation in the U.S. economy, and fears the Federal Reserve would soon hike interest rates. *Spot gold was firm at $1,178.50 an ounce by 0042 GMT, not far from a six-week low of $1,170.20 reached on Friday.

  • SYDNEY, May 4- Australia's securities regulator said on Monday it could not find any signs of market misconduct in trading of the local dollar moments ahead of recent central bank interest rate decisions. Last month the Australian dollar spiked up in the minute prior to the announcement of a rate decision, when the Reserve Bank of Australia surprised some by not...

  • SYDNEY, May 4- Australia's securities regulator said on Monday it could not find any signs of market misconduct in trading of the local dollar moments ahead of recent central bank interest rate decisions. Last month the Australian dollar spiked up in the minute prior to the announcement of a rate decision, when the Reserve Bank of Australia surprised some by not...

  • Fed won't raise rates in 2015: Freris   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 7:07 PM ET
    Fed won't raise rates in 2015: Freris

    Andrew Freris, CEO of Ecognosis Advisory, says a rise in interest rates will incur a "big shock" and long-term bond yields will fall, instead of going up.

  • The US dollar hasn't peaked yet: NAB   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 6:21 PM ET
    The US dollar hasn't peaked yet: NAB

    Ray Attrill, co-head FX strategy at the National Australia Bank, outlines the factors that will help the greenback to "find its feet" soon.

  • LONDON, May 3- Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter. "They will need better data to justify a rate hike, and that need is pushing the timing of a policy change ever-deeper into 2015," said Tim Duy, a professor at the University of...

  • "If we get back to normal interest rates, stocks at these prices will look high," said Buffett, speaking at the annual shareholders' meeting of his sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. While he often emphasizes the importance of not basing long-term investing decisions on short-term economic expectations, his views on the U.S. and global economies...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said on Saturday that stock prices would look expensive if interest rates normalized from their ultra low levels. "If we get back to normal interest rates, stocks at these prices will look high," said Buffett, speaking at the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting of his sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.