The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.050 percent, up from 0.030 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.145 percent, up from 0.135 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,998.74, while a six-month bill sold for $9,992.67.» Read More
I give Bernanke a B+ because for one he was too rehearsed at times, obviously reaching for and seeking to insert soundbites throughout the press conference and in his very lengthy opening monologue, which took up about 20% of the planned 45 minutes for the press conference.
Regardless of what Bernanke says at his first media briefing, the markets are convinced the Fed chairman will keep the stock market rallying and the dollar in decline.
Exchange-traded funds that bet against further gains have been hugely popular with investors, making the group the fastest-growing fund class in the $1.1 trillion ETF industry.
The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step — figuring out how to keep inflation from taking off.
No question that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke faces Wednesday will be more important than the big enchilada of monetary policy: After QE 2, then what?
Much of the discussion over the debt ceiling assumes that the final word on the matter will rest with Capitol Hill lawmakers. A note today from Citigroup analyst Brett Rose suggests that this assumption might not be sound.
The Federal Reserve's zero-interest-rate policies are making it impossible for investors to make money by holding Treasurys, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC.
Austan Goolsbee, White House Council of Economic Advisers chairman, discusses S&P's negative outlook for the U.S.economy and reaffirms the government's ability to issue or pay debt. CNBC's Steve Liesman weighs in.
A look at how America's rising debt ceiling could impact the treasury market with James Millstein, Fmr. Treasury Department Chief Restructuring Officer.
It was hardly surprising to learn this morning that Pimco’s $235.9 billion flagship bond fund had gone net short Treasury bonds.
Thursday’s USDA March U.S. acreage and stocks report showed what farmers are going to plant this spring came in at more than 92 million acres. But at 6.52 billion bushels, inventory is 15 percent less than one year ago, at a time when demand is strong.
Fed officials have been singing different tunes about monetary policy recently, but one voice has risen above the rest to boost the dollar and pressure Treasury bonds.
A selloff may be likely ahead of the end to the Fed's QE2, growth outside the U.S. will lead and technological in health care will attract investors.
Lawmakers must abandon the habits of 'Lindsay Lohan Congresses' of spending addiction, Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, told CNBC.
The House has passed a measure blending $6 billion in budget cuts with enough money to keep the government running for an additional three weeks.
There is another problem building, and some fear it could lead to a much more widespread crisis in financial assets.
Money market rates continued to decline to punishingly low levels in the latest week, pressured downward by a further increase in the monetary base, which is resulting from the Federal Reserve’s asset-purchase program.
Financial markets have quickly moved from worrying about things like Middle East oil supplies to whether the global economy is healthy enough to support demand for all sorts of assets.
"The fear factor here is going to be palpable. People who own munis tend to own them for the tax benefit and they tend to own most of their assets, if not all of their assets, in the muni asset class. So when they get to fall, they get nervous," Gundlach said.
Treasuries caught a bid in recent days as Mideast turmoil and rising crude pushed investors into the safety trade.