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Cash-strapped Saudi Arabia looking to issue $15 billion in bonds

Saudi Arabia bond sale

Last week the bond market was stunned by the unprecedented demand for sovereign paper issued by the middle-eastern nation of Qatar, which announced it would issue $9 billion in Eurobonds (in three maturities), more than double what had been originally expected by the market, and well below the total demand …

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Alan Greenspan warns of a bond market bubble

Alan Greenspan bond market

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Alan Greenspan is ‘quite’ worried about a bond market bubble. In recent years, the bond bubble in the U.S. has been inflated by artificial demand from the Federal Reserve and from investors fleeing troubled European markets. The former Federal Reserve Chairman sees it this way: “The United States, strangely …

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Japan overtakes China as largest US debt holder

Japan markets

Japan now officially holds more US debt than China, which has been America’s major creditor since 2008. In February Japan held $1.224 trillion in US government bonds compared to China’s $1.223 trillion. Both countries reduced their US debt investment, with China reducing its by $15.4 billion, and Japan by $14.2 …

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Former IMF head and bond king both recommend gold over stocks and bonds

Bill Gross Pimco bond king

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Kenneth Rogoff, former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kenneth Rogoff, recently penned a piece in which he recommended that emerging markets diversify their foreign exchange holdings away from the bonds of developed countries and into gold. One of Rogoff’s main reasons for the …

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Stock market set for more volatility as China dumps US bonds

Stock market volatility US

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Stock markets around the world faced immense volatility this past week. To begin the week, Wall Street was down 1,000 points on Monday’s opening bell. And trading in the single session was halted 1,200 times alone! In a market that typically only experiences a handful of halts per …

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Australia joins list of nations selling bonds with negative yield

Flag Australia

Australia has this week joined the illustrious list of governments that have been able to borrow money at negative interest rates. The Australian Office of Financial Management, which manages the government’s debt programme, sold $200 million of inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2018 to 13 investors on Tuesday at a yield of …

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Portugal’s largest bank misses bond payment; bond prices collapse

Portugal flag

Brussels, we have a problem. As we warned 6 weeks ago, Espirito Santo International SA – is in a “serious financial condition” according to a central bank driven external audit by KPMG identified “irregularities in its accounts.” Sure enough, the ‘ponzi-like’ maneuvers have left the bank unable to pay its bonds as Bloomberg reports bonds …

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Bank of England director warns: Bond bubble threatens financial system

Andrew Haldane

Bank of England Director: Andrew Haldane A key Bank of England policymaker has warned of the risks to global financial stability when “the biggest bond bubble in history” bursts. In a wide-ranging testimony to MPs, Andy Haldane, Bank of England director of financial stability, admitted the central bank’s new financial policy committee is taking …

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A ‘tsunami’ is about to hit the debt market

Tsunami city debt market bonds

A tidal wave may be coming to the bond market, and it’s not going to be pretty. At least that’s the view of Matthew Mish, credit strategist at UBS. To Mish, the elevated rates of default in the commodity sector and high risk bonds are a harbinger of things to come for …

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Federal Reserve: $75 billion a month in bond purchases

Ben Bernanke

The Federal Reserve will decrease the amount of bonds purchased by the United States central bank, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday, by roughly $10 billion per month. Bernanke was about to make his last scheduled news conference as head of the Fed on Wednesday afternoon when the bank’s newest plan …

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The End Game: 2012 and 2013 will usher in the end

If Raoul Pal was some doomsday spouting windbag, writing in all caps, arbitrarily pasting together disparate charts to create 200 page slideshows, it would be easy to ignore him. He isn’t. The founder of Global Macro Investor “previously co-managed the GLG Global Macro Fund in London for GLG Partners, one of the …

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8 signs the system is broken

Here are a few interesting tidbits to chew on: 1) In the land of the free, there are now more than 760 incarcerated inmates for every 100,000 citizens. This is more than 5x the 1980 average, and it far surpasses the number (560 per 100,000) that Stalin threw in the Gulag …

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The Libor scandal explained

Libor Scandal

According to news reports, UK banks fixed the London interbank borrowing rate (Libor) with the complicity of the Bank of England (UK central bank) at a low rate in order to obtain a cheap borrowing cost. The way this scandal is playing out is that the banks benefitted from borrowing …

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Ron Paul: the Federal Reserve has lost control of interest rates

Ron Paul

Today, Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul issued the following statement in response to the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to continue its failed bond buying program: “Chairman Bernanke and the government falsely believe they can single-handedly control interest rates. Yes, there can be some manipulation, but markets are much …

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Currency wars: China threatens bond attack on Japan

China

A senior advisor to the Chinese government has called for an attack on the Japanese bond market to precipitate a funding crisis and bring the country to its knees, unless Tokyo reverses its decision to nationalise the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Jin Baisong from the Chinese …

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