Interest Rates


  • Long-term interest rates could rise and asset prices fall if savings from Asia -- which have been pouring into financial markets -- start to reverse, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said in a newspaper interview.

  • Strategist Sees a "Soggy Summer" For Stocks Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 3:47 PM ET

    Jim Swanson, chief investment strategist at MFS Investment Management, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” that he expects the stock market to be generally downbeat this summer.

  • The dollar rose to 3-1/2-month highs against the Swiss franc on climbing U.S. Treasury yields, while investors for the moment brushed aside implications of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's first market intervention in 22 years.

  • Harry Clark, founder, president and CEO of Clark Capital Management Group, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that last week’s sell-off was healthy for the market.

  • Bond Strategists Agree That "Cash is King" Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 12:45 PM ET

    "Cash is king" in today's bond market -- if rates keep rising. That's the opinion shared by Joseph Balestrino, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at Federated Investors, and Tony Crescenzi, chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak. The bond mavens advised "Morning Call" viewers how to play the market.

  • With interest rates on the rise, electric utilities and large-cap telecom stocks are most at risk for a sell-off, said Cantor Fitzgerald U.S. Market Strategist Marc Pado on "Squawk on the Street."

  • Peter Kenny, managing director at Knight Equity Markets, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the market has shifted its focus to interest rates from earnings.

  • The Week Ahead: Inflation-Watch Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 6:16 PM ET

    Volatility is back with a vengeance, and investors will be watching next week's economic calendar carefully, with inflation data topping the list.

  • In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Michael Moskow, president of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, said he believes inflation expectations are “well contained” and he sees stronger economic growth ahead.

  • Rising Rates Could Stem Flow of Leveraged Buyouts Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 1:58 PM ET

    The leveraged buyouts that have fuelled record merger activity face a new test as interest rates rise and stock markets wobble, early signs that the debt behind the deals could become more costly and difficult to raise.

  • Dollar Climbs to 2-Month Peaks as U.S. Yields Soar Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 10:30 AM ET

    The dollar rose broadly to a two-month high on Friday as surging U.S. Treasury yields widened their advantage over other major government bonds and amid sharply reduced expectations for interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 9:47 AM ET

    Stocks futures are wrestling with another surge in bond yields this morning and for now have the upper hand as futures edge into the positive zone. Asian markets closed lower overnight and European stocks are weaker.

  • The Rating Game: U.S. vs. Europe Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 4:22 PM ET

    With rising interest rates in Europe and no sign of a near-term change in interest rates in the U.S., is the current U.S. economic picture a sign of what’s to come for Europe? As CNBC’s Steve Liesman explained, since 1999, monetary policy at the European Central Bank and at the U.S. Federal Reserve has essentially moved in tandem. But a year after the Federal Reserve stopped raising rates, the ECB rate hikes continue. ...

  • Dollar Advances Broadly as Treasury Yields Rise Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 1:49 PM ET

    The dollar strengthened broadly as a rise in U.S. Treasury yields above 5% boosted demand for the U.S. currency, while news that North Korea fired short-range missiles off its coast hurt the yen.

  • Market Downdraft Could Force Healthy Asset Reallocation Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 12:43 PM ET

    David Dietze, president of Pointview Financial Services, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that rising interest rates will force a healthy reallocation of assets and be good for the market in the long term.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    Stocks are struggling ahead of the opening as a selloff in the Treasury market pushed the yield on the 10-year above the key 5% level for the first time since last July. May sales results from chain stores are rolling in and merger activity continues to make headlines.

  • Market Will Move Higher Despite Rate Jitters: Analyst Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 8:57 AM ET

    Fritz Meyer, senior investment officer at AIM Investments, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that higher interest rates have spooked the market, but he remains optimistic.

  • Bank of England Leaves Core Rate at 5.5%, for Now Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 8:50 AM ET

    The Bank of England left its core interest rate on hold at 5.5% Thursday, as widely expected by economists.

  • Australian Dollar Soars to Fresh 17-Year High on Data Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 1:53 AM ET

    The Australian dollar rose to a fresh 17-year high on Thursday after the second straight month of stronger-than-expected domestic jobs data fuelled concerns the central bank might increase interest rates in the near term.

  • New Zealand's central bank raised interest rates on Thursday by a quarter of a point to 8%, the highest among industrialized countries, saying it was worried robust consumer demand would further fuel inflation.