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  • LONDON, Oct 16- British government bond prices suffered their biggest fall in over a year on Thursday, erasing almost all of Wednesday's strong gains, as traders rethought their view that the Bank of England would not raise interest rates next year. "The market is saying enough is enough, and you cannot justify given the economic outlook for the UK specifically, as...

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 3.97 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week. The 30- year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30- year loan dipped to 3.97 percent from 4.12 percent last week.

  • Santelli: Big move in dollar/yen     Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and the U.S. dollar.

  • Fed's Plosser urges earlier rate rise, mum on markets Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:03 AM ET
    Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

    The Fed must prepare investors for an earlier interest-rate rise than many now think, a hawkish U.S. central banker said in a speech on Thursday.

  • Can we forget about a Fed rate hike in 2015? Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:26 AM ET
    U.S. Federal Reserve

    With global equities seeing severe bouts of volatility, traders and investors have thrown down the gauntlet to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  • Should you chase the Treasury rally? Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:57 AM ET

    Market volatility may look scary and safe-haven Treasurys may be rallying, but investors shouldn't chase them higher, analysts said.

  • Key U.S. short-term rate rises in bond market rally Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 15- A key short-term U.S. interest rate rose to a two-month high on Wednesday, a glaring exception on a day when global bond yields fell broadly in one of the most volatile sessions in years because of a deteriorating outlook for the global economy. In the $5 trillion U.S. repurchase agreement market, the overnight interest rate for banks and Wall Street...

  • LONDON, Oct 15- Even though it's now widely accepted that the global economy is headed for years of at best slow, mediocre growth, the presumption of endlessly low interest rates has its doubters. As world policymakers headed home from the International Monetary Fund's latest financial summit shrouded in gloom and with few new ideas on how to reinvigorate their...

  • BoE won't tell markets what to expect on rates -Weale Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    HULL, England, Oct 15- The Bank of England will not seek to react to financial markets' changing expectations about when the central bank will start to raise interest rates, a BoE policymaker said on Wednesday. Martin Weale, asked about the changing expectations, said it was not up to the BoE to tell markets what to expect and the central bank's so-called forward...

  • Sector Snap: Housing stocks tick higher Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Homebuilders were one of the few bright spots during a huge stock sell-off Wednesday, with hopes rising that a rush by investors into the bond market would drive mortgage rates lower. The 10- year Treasury note briefly fell below 2 percent for the first time since June 2013. —Shares of Beazer Homes USA Inc. rose 47 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $16.81.

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for October, 10 a.m..

  • Disappointing data effect on Fed     Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman explains how recent poor economic data could impact Fed policy.

  • Santelli: 10-Year yield below 2%     Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on the major action in bonds, after the 10-Year yield fell below 2 percent.

  • The Fed is 'behind the curve': BlackRock's Fink Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 AM ET
    Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

    If the Fed would only raise rates, it would strengthen the U.S. dollar and boost world economies, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink tells CNBC.

  • *Caution reigns after disappointing China inflation reading. Market volatility has surged in recent weeks as investors weigh the timing of expected interest rate increases, especially in the United States, against disappointing macroeconomic signals such as a worse-than-expected inflation reading from China. Britain's FTSE 100 benchmark stock index...

  • *Caution reigns after disappointing China inflation reading. Market volatility has surged in recent weeks as investors weigh the timing of expected interest rate increases, especially in the United States, against disappointing macroeconomic signals such as a worse-than-expected inflation reading from China. There were pockets of choppiness in Europe,...

  • Will Treasury yields fall to 1.5%? Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:23 AM ET

    With Treasury yields defying calls for a rise, one bank is polishing up its once tongue-in-cheek forecast the 10-year yield would fall to 1.5 percent.

  • SEOUL, Oct 15- South Korea's central bank slashed its policy interest rate for the second time in three months on Wednesday to match its record low and gave no clear signal that its easing cycle had ended- keeping the door open for another cut. Bond prices rose modestly as Wednesday's decision had been widely expected, with the anticipated tightening in U.S....

  • South Korea cuts interest rate to record low Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's central bank lowered its key interest rate to a record low Wednesday as it tries to bolster a fragile economic recovery. Next year, South Korea's economy will grow 3.9 percent, instead of 4 percent. Analysts expected the rate cut as South Korea's finance minister had said the recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy was fragile.

  • South Korea cuts interest rate to record low Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:31 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's central bank lowered its key interest rate to a record low on Wednesday as it tries to bolster a fragile economic recovery. Next year, South Korea's economy will grow 3.9 percent, instead of 4 percent. Analysts expected another rate cut as South Korea's finance minister had said the recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy was...