NEW YORK, May 26- For more than eight months, investors have poured money into the riskiest U.S. municipal bonds, boosting prices as they dive into anything that can give them fatter yields in a global low-rate environment. They are waving red flags about its most notorious borrower, Puerto Rico, but also its best-performing sector, tobacco, and other potentially... » Read More
Short-dated U.S. government bonds rose Friday as stocks turned negative on investor fears a White House stimulus package might not keep the economy from sliding into recession.
Treasury debt prices eased on Wednesday as investors cashed in on a string of gains while stocks tried to find a footing after posting severe losses earlier in the week.
Hard-hit bond insurer Ambac Financial Wednesday slashed its quarterly dividend, announced plans to raise $1 billion of new capital and named an interim chief executive as it scrambles to maintain a triple-A credit rating.
Treasurys rallied on Tuesday as a drop in Christmas sales and Citigroup's first ever quarterly loss sent stocks sharply lower, rekindling investors' penchant for safety.
Treasury debt prices rose slightly Monday as a rebound on Wall Street was offset by expectations of aggressive interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and forecasts of a possible recession.
Treasurys rose Friday with yields falling to their lowest levels since 2004, prompted by renewed fears of a recession and growing certainty of a hefty interest rate cut this month from the Federal Reserve.
After ending 2007 with a gain of almost 29%, their best year since 1998, shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway have been showing some weakness in the New Year. Today's "Ahead of the Tape" column in The Wall Street Journal has an idea about what's pulling down BRK.
Short-dated Treasury debt prices rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks solidified expectations the Fed would aggressively pare interest rates to forestall a recession.
The country's top insurance regulator tells Cramer his plan to get the business back on track - and why he reached out to Berkshire Hathaway.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Warren Buffett's brand-new municipal bond insurer, Berkshire Hathaway Assurance Corporation, has sold its first coverage, backing a $10 million bond issued by New York City yesterday. Ajit Jain, who runs Berkshire's insurance businesses, tells the New York Times, "We're tip-toeing into the market, doing very small deals. We want to see if we can get the pricing that we find acceptable to us. Once we find this is real, we'll put in a lot more capital." He also describes how a call from a New York regulator played a key role.
The man who oversees the insurance operations for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway tells CNBC that Berkshire is talking with troubled bond insurers like MBIA and Ambac about a possible partnership or purchase, although it doesn't sound like anything major is imminent. Ajit Jain's comment came in response to a question from Erin Burnett in a live interview on CNBC's Street Signs about why Berkshire chose to "build" its own bond insurer rather than buy an existing company like Ambac or MBIA.
Treasurys were mixed Wednesday but off earlier lows, buffeted by a stock market struggling to rebound from its worst new year start in history on persistent recession worries.
Treasurys were weaker Tuesday but off their lows as traders skipped back and forth between stocks and bonds on worries about a recession induced by the prolonged deterioration in the housing market.
Four stocks with Fed-proof dividends at bargain basement prices.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
U.S. Treasuries eased on Monday, giving back some recent gains in the wake of their strongest weekly rally in more than two months.
Treasury prices rose after a report that employers created far fewer jobs than expected in December stoked recession worries.
U.S. Treasuries rose Friday, sending short-dated yields to three-year lows as grim jobs data prompted investors to increase bets on Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
U.S. Treasury debt prices fell Thursday as unexpectedly firm data and signs of improvement in recently troubled credit markets dimmed the allure of safe-haven government bonds.
U.S. Treasurys rallied Wednesday as investors raised their bets on the likelihood of recession and interest rate cuts after a survey showed the manufacturing sector contracted in December.
What fresh ideas will make investors money in the coming year? CNBC asked some experts to weigh in with their thoughts.