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28 Dec 2012: ANALYSIS: EURO ZONE BOND CLAUSE HIGHLIGHTS RICH NATION DEFAULT RISK
When 10 wealthy countries first demanded legal provisions making it easier to restructure government bonds in a crisis, they never thought this would apply to their own debt. A decade ago the Group of ... ... more info

28 Dec 2012: WEEKEND INVESTOR: MUNI BONDS MAY BE MONEY MAKERS IN 2013
Municipal debt is being considered by more investors because, simply put, these bonds often carry higher yields than their taxable counterparts, writes Deborah Levine ... more info

27 Dec 2012: JAPAN PM ADVISER URGES UNLIMITED BOJ EASING, HIGHER PRICE GOAL
The Bank of Japan should buy more long-dated government bonds and a wider variety of risk asset types, including foreign bonds, to achieve 2 to 3 percent inflation, Koichi Hamada, a special economic adviser ... ... more info

25 Dec 2012: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCK MARKETS QUIET AS TRADERS AWAIT A BUDGET DEAL
With Washington policy makers off for Christmas, stock trading was light, but analysts kept their eyes glued to their laptops for news. ... more info

21 Dec 2012: FIRST PERSON: 5 REASONS I DON’T FEAR MUNI BONDS
Many of my California friends and family have lost faith in local and state governments after what happened in the summer of 2012 when three cities in that state -- Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes -- filed for bankruptcy. A report by Moody's Investors Service suggested that some cities declared bankruptcy as a way to avoid paying bondholders. The possibilities of cities declaring and considering filing for bankruptcy are reasons to fear muni bonds, but there are five reasons why I don't. ... more info

21 Dec 2012: WALL STREET DEALERS LOSE EDGE IN U.S. TREASURY AUCTIONS AS INVESTOR CLOUT GROWS
A dramatic increase in the amount of government bonds that investors purchase directly from the U.S. Treasury Department in its regular debt auctions is reducing the advantage large dealers have traditionally ... ... more info

21 Dec 2012: 4 TYPES OF MUNICIPAL BONDS YOU SHOULD AVOID
As the economy wobbles and more states and cities feel the sting of cash crunches, experts increasingly advise investors to stick to simple, high-grade municipal bonds.They have good reason for giving ... ... more info

21 Dec 2012: TAX THREAT JOLTS MUNI MARKET
Many investors worry that budget negotiations in Washington could result in new taxes on interest they receive from municipal bonds. The concerns have deepened a selloff. ... more info

19 Dec 2012: ECB RESTORES USE OF GREEK BONDS AS COLLATERAL
The European Central Bank says it will once again accept Greek government bonds as collateral for loans to banks.The move is important because parking such bonds with the ECB in return for loans is an ... ... more info

19 Dec 2012: GREEK BONDS RALLY AFTER S&P UPGRADE
Greece's bond market got two reasons to rally as a ratings upgrade was followed by news that the European Central Bank would again accept Greek government debt as collateral. ... more info

19 Dec 2012: S.& P. RAISES GREEK CREDIT RATING TO B- FROM ‘SELECTIVE DEFAULT’
The Standard & Poor’s ratings agency upgraded Greece’s credit grade by six notches, lifting the country out of default but leaving its devalued bonds in junk status.

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18 Dec 2012: STANDARD & POOR’S UPGRADES GREECE’S CREDIT RATING
Standard & Poor's ratings agency on Tuesday upgraded Greece's credit grade by 6 notches, yanking the debt-heavy country out of default but still keeping its devalued bonds in junk status.

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18 Dec 2012: STANDARD & POOR'S HIKES GREEK RATING BY 6 NOTCHES
Standard & Poor's ratings agency on Tuesday upgraded Greece's credit grade by 6 notches, yanking the debt-heavy country out of default but still keeping its devalued bonds in junk status.The agency said ... ... more info

17 Dec 2012: JPMORGAN SUED OVER BEAR STEARNS'S MORTGAGE BONDS
The government agency overseeing credit unions is suing J.P. Morgan Securities, the investment arm of JPMorgan Chase, over the sale of $3.6 billion in mortgage bonds that collapsed in value after the 2008 ... ... more info

17 Dec 2012: FOREIGN DEMAND FOR U.S. ASSETS WEAK: TREASURY
Foreigners ditched U.S. equities and cut mortgage-backed debt in October in favor of government bonds, U.S. Treasury data showed on Monday, as market and global economic uncertainty increased. Overall, ... ... more info

17 Dec 2012: STOCKS CHEAP COMPARED TO 'RICH' BONDS: TEPPER
U.S. stocks look cheap relative to the "rich" bond market, but the cost of no fiscal cliff deal in Washington could send equities down three percent, Appaloosa Management Founder David Tepper ... ... more info

15 Dec 2012: OFF THE CHARTS: RISK CREEPS UP IN LONG-TERM BONDS
If rates rise, bondholders’ old bonds will lose value. If rates fall, their old bonds may be redeemed by the company, depriving the bondholders of yield. ... more info

14 Dec 2012: SOME HEDGE FUNDS DUMP THEIR BETS AGAINST FRANCE
Some hedge funds are calling it quits on one of their biggest trades of the year - shorting French government bonds. Earlier this year many in London's hedge fund industry were lining up bets against the ... ... more info

13 Dec 2012: JUNK BONDS: THE NEXT BUBBLE TO BURST?
With no end in sight for the Federal Reserve's fixation on low interest rates, a likely scramble for yield has intensified worries about dangers ahead for junk-bond investors. ... more info

13 Dec 2012: SPAIN SELLS 2 BILLION EUROS OF BONDS, YIELDS MIXED
Spain sold 2 billion euros of bonds on Thursday, hitting its target for the auction with borrowing costs falling on two medium-term issues but rising for a rare long bond. Spain has already completed its ... ... more info

13 Dec 2012: STOCKS & BONDS: INVESTORS STAY CALM, IF CAUTIOUS, AS STALEMATE SIMMERS
Judging by the stock markets, investors aren’t too worried yet about the debate in Washington over impending tax increases and spending cuts. ... more info

12 Dec 2012: FED TO HOLD RATES DOWN UNTIL JOBLESS RATE IS BELOW 6.5%
The Federal Reserve said it would maintain short-term interest rates near zero, even after it stops buying bonds, for as long as the unemployment rate remains above its target.

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12 Dec 2012: GREECE ASKS FOR MORE LOANS TO PAY FOR BOND BUYBACK
Greece will ask its official lenders for additional loans to buy €31.9 billion in bonds tendered by private investors at a buyback offer that is crucial in the country's efforts to reduce its massive debt and receive fresh aid. ... more info

11 Dec 2012: NEW FAITH IN EUROPE'S BANKS
Bond investors are warming to banks in weaker European economies. They are especially attracted to the market for 'covered bonds,' which offer extra protection. ... more info

11 Dec 2012: GREECE EXCEEDS DEBT-BUYBACK TARGET
The Greek government's private-sector creditors agreed to sell billions of euros of bonds back to the government at sharply discounted prices, the crucial piece of a plan negotiated last month with the euro zone and the IMF. ... more info

11 Dec 2012: GREECE EXCEEDS DEBT-BUYBACK TARGET
The Greek government's private-sector creditors agreed to sell billions of euros of bonds back to the government at sharply discounted prices, the crucial piece of a plan negotiated last month with the euro zone and the IMF. ... more info

11 Dec 2012: GREECE EXCEEDS DEBT BUYBACK TARGET
Greek bondholders submitted bonds with a face value of about €31.5 billion ($40.7 billion) to the country's debt buyback program, a senior Greek government and bank official said. ... more info

10 Dec 2012: MONTI'S MOVE UPENDS ITALIAN MARKETS
Investors unloaded Italian stocks and bonds Monday following the news that Prime Minister Mario Monti would resign early, underscoring the challenges Italy's burlesque politics pose to its financial stability. ... more info

10 Dec 2012: EURO WATCH: BONDS IN SPAIN AND ITALY SHAKEN BY ITALIAN POLITICS
Recent turmoil, including the resignation plans of the prime minister and the anticipated return of Silvio Berlusconi to politics, had effects that rippled out from Rome across the euro zone.

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10 Dec 2012: EURO SWINGS HIGHER FOLLOWING ITALIAN SHAKE-UP
The euro recovered against the dollar Monday following the surprise resignation of Italy's prime minister.The sudden departure of Mario Monti struck a blow to Italian stocks and government bonds as investors ... ... more info

10 Dec 2012: GREECE EXTENDS BUYBACK OFFER TO REACH 30 BILLION-EURO TARGET
Greece extended its offer to buy back debt until Tuesday, seeking more bids from bondholders after falling short of a target to retire bonds worth 30 billion euros at a cost of just 10 billion euros. The ... ... more info

10 Dec 2012: GREECE EXTENDS BUYBACK OFFER TO REACH TARGET
Greece has extended its offer to buy back debt until Tuesday, seeking more bids from bondholders after falling just short of a target to retire bonds worth 30 billion euros at a cost of just 10 billion ... ... more info

8 Dec 2012: FOREIGNERS SEEN OFFERING 15-16 BILLION EUROS IN GREEK DEBT BUYBACK - PAPERS
Foreign investors have offered between 15 and 16 billion euros of Greek government bonds in a debt buy-back programme, according to an initial estimate given by newspapers on Saturday. The plan is central ... ... more info

8 Dec 2012: BANKS AGREE TO SELL BACK SOME GREEK BONDS
The buyback, which aims to trim about 20 billion euros, or nearly $26 billion, from Greece’s staggering 323 billion euro debt, could be announced early next week.

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7 Dec 2012: GREEK BANKS POISED TO HELP DEBT-BUYBACK PROGRAM
Greece ended the offer period for its debt-buyback program, with Greek banks ready to hand over up to 100% of the Greek government bonds they hold if foreign investors don't offer enough of their holdings, senior banking officials said. ... more info

7 Dec 2012: WEEKEND INVESTOR: 5 TOP STOCK FUNDS RAKING IN YOUR MONEY
Investors for several years have been pulling money out of stock mutual funds and piling into bond funds — but not all stock funds. These five solid stock performers have grabbed the spotlight from bonds.
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6 Dec 2012: BANK OF ENGLAND KEEPS POLICY STEADY DESPITE DARKER UK OUTLOOK
The Bank of England left monetary policy unchanged on Thursday, voting as expected to stick with last month's decision not to buy more government bonds to bolster Britain's stagnant economy. The decision ... ... more info

5 Dec 2012: S&P CUTS GREECE TO 'SELECTIVE DEFAULT'
Standard & Poor's has lowered Greece's credit rating to "selective default" in light of its offer to buy back bonds at well below their face value.Greece has announced plans to spend up to $13 ... ... more info

3 Dec 2012: TERMS OF GREEK BOND BUYBACK TOP EXPECTATIONS
Greece will have at its disposal 10 billion euros, or $13 billion, in borrowed money from Europe. Investors who agree to trade in their Greek bonds will receive six-month treasury bills issued by Europe’s rescue vehicle, the European Financial Stability Facility.

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3 Dec 2012: GREECE ANNOUNCES TERMS OF $13 BILLION BOND BUYBACK TO SLASH DEBT
Private holder of bonds will have until Friday to register for the program to sell back their securities at a heavy discount.

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2 Dec 2012: SPANISH-BOND CHEER ISN'T ALL IT SEEMS
Spanish government bonds ended two weeks of strong trading Friday, leaving Spain and the euro zone in a happy holding pattern, but the future remains hazy. ... more info

30 Nov 2012: MONEY _ MAYBE TOO MUCH _ POURS INTO JUNK BONDS
The money manager's job is supposed to be straightforward: Take people's cash and put it to work. The more money that comes in, the bigger the manager's paycheck.So why would two of the country's largest ... ... more info

30 Nov 2012: NEW SHINE ON DEBT FROM ITALY, SPAIN
Italian and Spanish government bonds have rallied in the days since Greece's creditors struck a deal to reduce the country's debt burden. Italy on Thursday auctioned five- and 10-year bonds at their lowest ... ... more info

30 Nov 2012: SHARES EDGE LOWER AS U.S. BUDGET TALKS STALL
Concerns about the deadlock in crucial U.S. budget talks capped gains in world equity markets on Friday, while falling yields on Spanish and Italian bonds kept the euro near a one-month high. Markets are ... ... more info

30 Nov 2012: MARKET EXTRA: GOING OVER FISCAL CLIFF IS BEST FOR BONDS, BUT...
A complete lack of agreement between Congress and the White House to soften the blow of expiring tax and spending measures at year-end would be the best scenario for Treasury bonds.
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29 Nov 2012: ARGENTINE BONDS RALLY AS U.S. RULING QUELLS DEFAULT FEARS
Argentine bond prices rallied on Thursday after fears of an imminent debt default receded when a U.S. appeals court gave the country an unexpected reprieve in a legal battle with holdout creditors. The ... ... more info

29 Nov 2012: ARGENTINE BONDS RALLY AFTER U.S. DEBT RULING
Argentine bonds rallied in Buenos Aires on Thursday after a U.S. appeals court decision gave the country an unexpected reprieve in a legal battle with holdout creditors that had raised fears of an imminent ... ... more info

29 Nov 2012: ITALIAN BORROWING COSTS DROP TO 2010 LEVELS
Italy has easily raised nearly €6 billion ($7.7 billion) in a pair of bond sales that saw interest rates drop to their lowest levels since late 2010.The interest rate, or yield, paid for 10-year bonds ... ... more info

13 Nov 2012: I.H.T. SPECIAL REPORT | NET WORTH: BONDS GAIN FAVOR AS INVESTMENT CLIMATE CHANGES
Many high net worth individuals are looking more closely at corporate bonds — instruments that will provide a reasonable and consistent return on their investment. ... more info

27 Nov 2012: ARGENTINA DOWNGRADED BY FITCH ON ‘PROBABLE DEFAULT' FROM RULING
Argentina's credit rating waslowered by Fitch Ratings, which said a default is probable aftera U.S. judge ruled the country can't make payments on itsrestructured bonds unless it pays holders of defaulted ... ... more info

27 Nov 2012: NEW BANK OF ENGLAND CHIEF FACES SLOW RECOVERY: KING
The Bank of England's new governor faces a "slow and protracted recovery" that may require the bank to make further purchases of government bonds, outgoing chief Mervyn King said on Tuesday. ... ... more info

26 Nov 2012: CALIFORNIA BONDS GET ANOTHER LOOK
California has long ranked second only to Illinois in the dubious honor of being the least-loved state among municipal-bond investors. But since Election Day, some investors have had a change of heart. ... more info

23 Nov 2012: SHOULD YOU BOTTLE UP YOUR MONEY IN 'BABY BONDS'?
One of the hottest trends in income investing is debt issued in pint-size denominations by "business-development companies." But don't dismiss these bonds' many drawbacks. ... more info

23 Nov 2012: GREEK BOND BUYBACK IN DOUBT
One of the euro zone's preferred options for cutting Greece's debt load—buying back bonds held by private investors at a discount—is in doubt after the bonds' prices rose sharply in recent days. ... more info

23 Nov 2012: DEFAULT FEARS DRIVE UP COST OF INSURING ARGENTINE DEBT
The cost to insure Argentina's sovereign bonds against nonpayment soared 15% Friday to the highest level since April 2009 amid increased concern that the country may not honor its financial obligations in the next few weeks. ... more info

22 Nov 2012: U.S. COURT: ARGENTINA MUST MAKE PAYMENTS
A U.S. federal court ordered swift implementation of a ruling that bars Argentina from paying investors who swapped their holdings of defaulted sovereign bonds for new securities unless it also pays investors who are suing for full repayment. ... more info

22 Nov 2012: GREEK BONDS RISE ON BUYBACK HOPES
A rally in Greek government bonds picked up pace, pushing yields down to their lowest levels since a debt restructuring earlier this year, amid hopes of a buyback. ... more info

21 Nov 2012: GERMANY HINTS AT MORE FINANCING
Germany signaled its willingness to provide additional financing for the euro zone's bailout fund to help Greece to buy back some of its bonds and reduce its crushing debt burden. ... more info

21 Nov 2012: EVEN MUNI BONDS MAY BE TARGETED IN 'FISCAL CLIFF' TALKS
Politicians working to avert the "Fiscal Cliff" may take away some of the advantage of tax-free municipal bonds, dealing a major blow to investors as well as local governments. ... more info

21 Nov 2012: CREDIT SUISSE SUED IN CRISIS-ERA CASE
New York's top prosecutor filed a civil lawsuit alleging Credit Suisse committed a multibillion-dollar fraud by failing to do proper checks on mortgage bonds. ... more info

20 Nov 2012: CREDIT SUISSE SUED IN FRESH CRISIS-ERA CASE
New York's top prosecutor filed a civil lawsuit alleging Credit Suisse committed a multibillion-dollar fraud by failing to do proper checks on mortgage bonds, just a day after the SEC closed an inquiry into the Swiss bank involving similar allegations. ... more info

19 Nov 2012: MARKET EXTRA: CAN MUNI BONDS HELP YOU DEAL WITH FISCAL CLIFF?
Municipal bonds continue to gain in anticipation that
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13 Nov 2012: I.H.T. SPECIAL REPORT | NET WORTH: BONDS GAIN FAVOR AS INVESTMENT CLIMATE CHANGES
Many high net worth individuals are looking more closely at corporate bonds — instruments that will provide a reasonable and consistent return on their investment. ... more info

16 Nov 2012: JPMORGAN, CREDIT SUISSE SETTLE WITH SEC FOR $417 MILLION
JPMorgan Chase & Co and Credit Suisse Group AG will pay a combined $416.9 million to settle U.S. civil charges that they misled investors in the sale of risky mortgage bonds prior to the 2008 financial ... ... more info

16 Nov 2012: JPMORGAN, CREDIT SUISSE PAYING $417M IN SEC CASE
JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse have agreed to pay a combined $417 million to settle federal civil charges that they sold risky mortgage bonds to investors ahead of the 2008 financial crisis that the ... ... more info

16 Nov 2012: CREDIT MARKETS: INVESTORS MOVE OUT OF JUNK TO HIGH-GRADE BONDS
Investors are shifting toward investment-grade bonds and out of high-yield bonds as the year comes to a close and as falling yields are weighing on the appeal of reaching toward the riskiest form of U.S. debt.
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16 Nov 2012: JPMORGAN, CREDIT SUISSE SETTLE WITH SEC FOR $417 MILLION
JPMorgan Chase & Co and Credit Suisse Group AG will pay a combined $416.9 million to settle U.S. civil charges that they misled investors in the sale of risky mortgage bonds prior to the 2008 financial ... ... more info

16 Nov 2012: JPMORGAN, CREDIT SUISSE PAYING $417M IN SEC CASE
JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse have agreed to pay a combined $417 million to settle federal civil charges that they sold risky mortgage bonds to investors ahead of the 2008 financial crisis that the ... ... more info

16 Nov 2012: CREDIT MARKETS: INVESTORS MOVE OUT OF JUNK TO HIGH-GRADE BONDS
Investors are shifting toward investment-grade bonds and out of high-yield bonds as the year comes to a close and as falling yields are weighing on the appeal of reaching toward the riskiest form of U.S. debt.
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15 Nov 2012: ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ISHARES INVESTMENT GRADE CORPORATE BOND FUND (LQD)
Fixed income securities have long been a major part of investor portfolios; corporate bonds in particular often hold a key role. In many cases investment-grade corporate bonds can have a “win-win” impact ... ... more info

14 Nov 2012: WHY MUNI BONDS ARE SUDDENLY SO POPULAR
Investors are barreling into muni bonds, driving yields to record lows and hoping for a safe hiding place at a time when taxes are almost certain to rise. ... more info

14 Nov 2012: SONY TO RAISE $1.9 BILLION THROUGH CONVERTIBLE BONDS ISSUE
Japan's Sony Corp said on Wednesday it will raise 150 billion yen through a sale of convertible bonds, a third of which will be used for investment in Olympus Corp. Sony will issue the five-year bonds ... ... more info

13 Nov 2012: POST-STORM PUSH FOR MUNI BONDS
States and cities battered by superstorm Sandy are pushing Congress to allow private companies and nonprofit groups to borrow as much as $20 billion in the tax-exempt municipal-bond market. ... more info

13 Nov 2012: ITALIAN RATES FALL IN SALE OF 12-MONTH BONDS
Italy has easily raised €6.5 billion ($8.2 billion) in the sale of 12-month bonds that saw its borrowing rates drop.The Italian Treasury on Tuesday paid a yield of 1.76 percent on the paper, down from ... ... more info

12 Nov 2012: GROSS BUYS TREASURYS (AGAIN)
Pimco's Bill Gross has warmed up to Treasury bonds again at a time when investors world-wide are worried about the looming "fiscal cliff" in the U.S. ... more info

12 Nov 2012: INVESTORS LIKE HOW BRICS STACK UP
Led by rising demand for Chinese stocks and bonds, BRIC markets—China, Brazil, Russia and India—have outperformed their emerging-market peers. ... more info

12 Nov 2012: I.H.T. SPECIAL REPORT | NET WORTH: BONDS GAIN FAVOR AS INVESTMENT CLIMATE CHANGES
Many high net worth individuals are looking more closely at corporate bonds — instruments that will provide a reasonable and consistent return on their investment. ... more info

12 Nov 2012: I.H.T. SPECIAL REPORT: NET WORTH: BONDS GAIN FAVOR AS INVESTMENT CLIMATE CHANGES
Many high net worth individuals are looking more closely at corporate bonds — instruments that will provide a reasonable and consistent return on their investment. ... more info

9 Nov 2012: A LOOK AT DROP IN BOND YIELDS ACROSS EUROPE
Financial market turbulence in the 17-country eurozone has eased dramatically since mid-summer. That is most evident in the interest rate, or yield, on countries' bonds. When bond yields fall, it means ... ... more info

9 Nov 2012: A LOOK AT DROP IN BOND YIELDS ACROSS EUROPE
Financial market turbulence in the 17-country eurozone has eased dramatically since mid-summer. That is most evident in the interest rate, or yield, on countries' bonds. When bond yields fall, it means ... ... more info

6 Nov 2012: MARKET EXTRA: WHAT THE ELECTION MEANS FOR STOCKS, BONDS, GOLD
As investors position themselves for either a second term for President Barack Obama or having Republican candidate Mitt Romney as the country’s new commander in chief, part of that matrix is what either would mean for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.
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6 Nov 2012: HOW TO INVEST IN COLLECTIBLES
Stocks? Bonds? Commodities? How about putting your money into something a bit more fun.
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6 Nov 2012: TURKEY EXITS JUNK STATUS
Turkish stocks and bonds soared after the country secured its first investment-grade credit rating in almost two decades, giving a substantial boost to the government. ... more info

5 Nov 2012: WHY A SPLIT CONGRESS MAY HELP MUNI INVESTORS
Experts say it will be tough for the next president — whoever he is — to limit the tax advantages of municipal bonds if Congress remains divided.
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6 Nov 2012: TURKEY EXITS JUNK STATUS
Turkish stocks and bonds soared after the country secured its first investment-grade credit rating in almost two decades, giving a substantial boost to the government. ... more info

5 Nov 2012: WHY A SPLIT CONGRESS MAY HELP MUNI INVESTORS
Experts say it will be tough for the next president — whoever he is — to limit the tax advantages of municipal bonds if Congress remains divided.
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5 Nov 2012: USE GOLD AS COLLATERAL TO SOLVE EUROPE'S PROBLEMS?
Debt-crippled euro zone countries could see the yields on their sovereign bonds fall dramatically if they used their gold reserves as collateral for that debt issuance, according to Sylvester Eijffinger, ... ... more info

2 Nov 2012: CAN I DELAY PAYING TAXES ON SAVINGS BONDS?
Dear Dr. Don,I worked abroad back in the 1980s. Through my employer, I bought U.S. savings bonds. These will be maturing starting next year and over the next few years. I don't need the money now, but ... ... more info

2 Nov 2012: THE I BOND: A HEDGE AGAINST A RISE IN INFLATION
Like a '60s-era fallout shelter, I savings bonds are a product designed to address a threat that's lain dormant for a while now.The "I" in I bond stands for inflation, and I bonds are engineered ... ... more info

16 Oct 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND FUNDS EXCEL BY AVOIDING INDEXES
Bond fund managers who concentrate on corporate issues have lately been able to beat the bond indexes, where government bonds can carry huge weight. ... more info

30 Oct 2012: HUNGARY BECKONS WEALTHY FOREIGNERS TO EASE DEBT
Lawmakers from Hungary's populist ruling party have proposed a law that would grant wealthy foreigners residency in exchange for purchases of government bonds, in a bid to help finance the country's towering public debt. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: PORTUGAL TAKES STEP TOWARD RETURN TO BOND MARKET
Portugal took a tentative step toward recovering full-market access with a private sale of government bonds, but the country still faces a long, hard slog before it can regularly fund itself in government bond markets. ... more info

16 Oct 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND FUNDS EXCEL BY AVOIDING INDEXES
Bond fund managers who concentrate on corporate issues have lately been able to beat the bond indexes, where government bonds can carry huge weight. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: PORTUGAL TAKES STEP TOWARD RETURN TO BOND MARKET
Portugal took a tentative step toward recovering full-market access with a private sale of government bonds, but the country still faces a long, hard slog before it can regularly fund itself in government bond markets. ... more info

28 Oct 2012: NEW CAPITAL RULES FOR MORTGAGE SECURITIES
State regulators agreed to require that insurers set aside more capital to support their investments in bonds backed by residential mortgages, a step they say will help insulate the industry from losses during a severe downturn. ... more info

16 Oct 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND FUNDS EXCEL BY AVOIDING INDEXES
Bond fund managers who concentrate on corporate issues have lately been able to beat the bond indexes, where government bonds can carry huge weight. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: RETIREMENT WEEKLY: THE SEARCH FOR EFFICIENT RETIREMENT INCOME
Retirees are best served by combinations of stocks and single-premium immediate annuities and there is little need for retirees to hold bonds.
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26 Oct 2012: PORTUGAL TAKES STEP TOWARD RETURN TO BOND MARKET
Portugal took a tentative step toward recovering full-market access with a private sale of government bonds, but the country still faces a long, hard slog before it can regularly fund itself in government bond markets. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: HOW TO PLAY CLOSED-END FUNDS
Closed-end funds that invest in bonds are showing ominous signs of a bubble. But closed-end stock funds might present some opportunities for investors willing to buck the herd. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: IS YOUR BOND STRATEGY WRONG?
The traditional method of weighting government bonds by "market capitalization" is leading to risky allocations to highly indebted countries, experts say. ... more info

16 Oct 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND FUNDS EXCEL BY AVOIDING INDEXES
Bond fund managers who concentrate on corporate issues have lately been able to beat the bond indexes, where government bonds can carry huge weight. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: RETIREMENT WEEKLY: THE SEARCH FOR EFFICIENT RETIREMENT INCOME
Retirees are best served by combinations of stocks and single-premium immediate annuities and there is little need for retirees to hold bonds.
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26 Oct 2012: PORTUGAL TAKES STEP TOWARD RETURN TO BOND MARKET
Portugal took a tentative step toward recovering full-market access with a private sale of government bonds, but the country still faces a long, hard slog before it can regularly fund itself in government bond markets. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: HOW TO PLAY CLOSED-END FUNDS
Closed-end funds that invest in bonds are showing ominous signs of a bubble. But closed-end stock funds might present some opportunities for investors willing to buck the herd. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: IS YOUR BOND STRATEGY WRONG?
The traditional method of weighting government bonds by "market capitalization" is leading to risky allocations to highly indebted countries, experts say. ... more info

16 Oct 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND FUNDS EXCEL BY AVOIDING INDEXES
Bond fund managers who concentrate on corporate issues have lately been able to beat the bond indexes, where government bonds can carry huge weight. ... more info

26 Oct 2012: RETIREMENT WEEKLY: THE SEARCH FOR EFFICIENT RETIREMENT INCOME
Retirees are best served by combinations of stocks and single-premium immediate annuities and there is little need for retirees to hold bonds.
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26 Oct 2012: PORTUGAL TAKES STEP TOWARD RETURN TO BOND MARKET
Portugal took a tentative step toward recovering full-market access with a private sale of government bonds, but the country still faces a long, hard slog before it can regularly fund itself in government bond markets. ... more info

6 Oct 2012: OFF THE CHARTS: RECORD LOWS FOR SUB-INVESTMENT-GRADE BONDS
Sub-investment-grade bonds have been excellent investments over the past year, but yields have recently fallen to record lows as prices have risen. ... more info

6 Oct 2012: REPORT: ECB OFFICIAL SAYS NO HELP ON GREEK BONDS
A senior European Central Bank official is insisting that the bank can't help Greece by agreeing to roll over the government bonds it holds or accept lower interest rates.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, ... ... more info

5 Oct 2012: GHANA SEIZES ARGENTINE SHIP IN SPAT WITH CREDITORS
Authorities in Ghana have blocked an Argentine Navy training ship from leaving its waters following a judicial order that answered a request of U.S. creditors seeking to collect on Argentina's defaulted bonds. ... more info

5 Oct 2012: IS IT TIME TO TRASH JUNK BONDS?
With high-yield bonds having gained more than 12% this year, the junk rally might be coming to an end. We explain what investors should do next. ... more info

6 Oct 2012: OFF THE CHARTS: RECORD LOWS FOR SUB-INVESTMENT-GRADE BONDS
Sub-investment-grade bonds have been excellent investments over the past year, but yields have recently fallen to record lows as prices have risen.

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5 Oct 2012: ZACKS #1 RANKED GOVERNMENT BOND MUTUAL FUNDS
For investors looking at parking their funds with bonds, U.S. government securities are probably the safest possible investments in the category. ... more info

5 Oct 2012: GHANA SEIZES ARGENTINE SHIP IN SPAT WITH CREDITORS
Authorities in Ghana have blocked an Argentine Navy training ship from leaving its waters following a judicial order that answered a request of U.S. creditors seeking to collect on Argentina's defaulted bonds. ... more info

4 Oct 2012: FED CHOSE MORTGAGE BONDS TO BOLSTER HOUSING GAINS
The Federal Reserve structured its latest stimulus program around the purchase of mortgage bonds after members agreed that helping a nascent housing recovery was a good way to lift the broader economy.Minutes ... ... more info

4 Oct 2012: DRAGHI: ECB READY TO BUY BONDS
The ECB chief said the central bank's new bond-buying program is ready to activate, but vulnerable countries must first seek assistance from other euro-zone governments. ... more info

1 Oct 2012: PROTECTION STRATEGY IN HIGH-YIELD BONDS?
One investor is using options to protect against junk bonds getting trashed.Our Depth Charge monitoring system detected the purchase of 5,000 March 90 puts on the iShares iBoxx High-Yield Corporate Bond ... ... more info

29 Sep 2012: TRANSPORTATION, OTHER BONDS AWAIT MAINE VOTERS
Maine voters will see something on the Nov. 6 ballot they haven't seen in two years: bond issues.Four borrowing proposals adding up to nearly $76 million will appear just below the public question that's ... ... more info

28 Sep 2012: PERSONAL FINANCE DAILY: THE 3 MOST OVERVALUED ASSETS
Howard Gold has his take on the three most overvalued assets today, including what could be the “mother of all bond bubbles,” long U.S. Treasury bonds. Read that story and more in Personal Finance Daily.
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28 Sep 2012: COULD MY SAVINGS BONDS EVER LOSE THEIR VALUE?
Dear Dr. Don,If you own a 35-year Series I savings bond and have held it for 10 years, is it possible for it to lose value if you need to cash it in before it matures? Can the price actually go down at ... ... more info

28 Sep 2012: MOODY'S DOWNGRADES VIETNAM CREDIT RATING
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Vietnam's credit rating, citing weaknesses in its banks and a stuttering economy.The downgrade to B2 from B1 for government bonds issued in local or foreign currency ... ... more info

28 Sep 2012: STOCKS & BONDS: SHARES RISE AS END OF QUARTER NEARS
Investors are bracing for what might happen after the election, when politicians will have to negotiate a deal on tax cuts and the deficit or face automatic cuts.

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27 Sep 2012: SPANISH RESCUE MAY THROW CRISIS SPOTLIGHT ON ITALY
Italian government bonds risk being thrown back into the spotlight of the euro zone debt crisis once Spain decides to request aid and secures central bank support for its debt. A partial bailout for Madrid ... ... more info

27 Sep 2012: ITALY'S TREASURY SEES FOREIGN INVESTOR COMEBACK ON LONG-DATED BONDS
Italy's Debt Management Office head Maria Cannata said on Thursday the Treasury has been seeing a return by some foreign investors on the long-dated government bonds since the beginning of September. In ... ... more info

27 Sep 2012: ITALY BONDS FIND BUYERS DESPITE SPANISH STORM
Italy's five-year borrowing costs fell to their lowest since May last year and 10-year yields dropped at a sale on Thursday, resisting renewed weakness on euro zone financial markets due to worries over ... ... more info

27 Sep 2012: EX-CREDIT SUISSE BANKER ARRESTED
U.K. authorities arrested a former Credit Suisse banker on U.S. allegations that he conspired to inflate the values of mortgage bonds during the financial crisis. ... more info

27 Sep 2012: U.K. ARRESTS EX-CREDIT SUISSE BANKER
U.K. authorities arrested a former Credit Suisse Group investment banker on U.S. allegations that he and others at the bank conspired to inflate the values of mortgage bonds during the financial crisis. ... more info

26 Sep 2012: U.K. ARRESTS EX-CREDIT SUISSE BANKER
U.K. authorities arrested a former Credit Suisse Group investment banker on U.S. allegations that he and others at the bank conspired to inflate the values of mortgage bonds during the financial crisis. ... more info

26 Sep 2012: EX-CREDIT SUISSE TRADER ARRESTED IN SUBPRIME CASE
A former senior Credit Suisse Group AG trader was arrested in London on Wednesday and faces extradition to the United States on fraud charges involving subprime mortgage bonds worth $3 billion. The arrest ... ... more info

26 Sep 2012: BOND YIELDS UP IN EUROPE ON BAILOUT FEARS
Investors sold Spanish and Italian government bonds on worries that the European Central Bank's plan to ease debt costs in those countries could be hampered by Spain's delay in making a formal bailout request. ... more info

26 Sep 2012: KY. GOV UNDECIDED ON BONDING TO SHORE UP PENSIONS
Gov. Steve Beshear says he hasn't reached a conclusion on whether Kentucky should borrow enough money through the sale of government bonds to shore up the pension systems for state and local employees.The ... ... more info

26 Sep 2012: ECB BOND PLAN MAY DIM GILT CHARM: UK DEBT HEAD
A plan by the European Central Bank to buy the sovereign bonds of stricken euro zone countries could reduce the safe-haven appeal of gilts though it has not done so yet, Britain's chief debt issuer said ... ... more info

26 Sep 2012: UK DEBT CHIEF SAYS ECB BOND PLAN MAY PRESSURE GILTS
A plan by the European Central Bank to buy the sovereign bonds of stricken euro zone countries could reduce the safe-haven appeal of gilts though it has not done so yet, Britain's chief debt issuer said ... ... more info

26 Sep 2012: SPANISH, ITALIAN YIELDS UP ON BAILOUT UNCERTAINTY
Investors sold Spanish and Italian government bonds on worries that the European Central Bank's plan to ease debt costs in those countries could be hampered by Spain's delay in making a formal bailout request. ... more info

26 Sep 2012: INSTANT VIEW: GERMANY SELLS 3.2 BILLION EURO OF 10-YEAR BONDS
Germany sold 3.19 billion euros of 10-year government bonds on Wednesday but demand fell short of the sales target of 5 billion euros. As at the launch of the bond on September 5, the auction was technically ... ... more info

25 Sep 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: ECB BOSS DEFENDS BOND-BUYING PROGRAM
COURTING CRITICS: The head of the European Central Bank pressed his case with Germany's main industry lobbying group for his plans to buy potentially unlimited amounts of government bonds to help the continent's ... ... more info

25 Sep 2012: GREECE SAYS ECB DEBT ROLLOVER AMONG OPTIONS TO PLUG FINANCING GAP
Greece may seek a rollover of its ECB-held bonds or try to raise additional short-term debt to plug a possible financing gap in the coming years, a deputy finance minister said in a document released on ... ... more info

24 Sep 2012: SEMPRA TO RAISE FUNDS
Sempra Energy unit issued $350 million bonds, due in September 2042, for the purpose of utilizing the proceeds for financing its debt and for corporate usage. ... more info

24 Sep 2012: GERMAN BUSINESS CONFIDENCE FALLS
German business confidence fell for the fifth straight month, raising concerns that the European Central Bank's recent pledge to support euro-zone bonds has had little impact on the real economy across Europe. ... more info

24 Sep 2012: GERMAN BUSINESS CLIMATE FALLS DESPITE ECB BOND PLAN
German business sentiment dropped for a fifth successive month in September to its lowest level since early 2010, showing the European Central Bank's plan to buy the bonds of weak euro states has failed ... ... more info

21 Sep 2012: EURO WATCH: SPAIN’S BOND SALE BEATS GOAL, BUT DATA ON ECONOMY IS GLOOMY
The Spanish treasury sold 4.8 billion euros of bonds, more than it expected to sell, as a euro zone contraction showed signs of accelerating.

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21 Sep 2012: U.K. BANKS SPEND CASH ON BONDS
Flush with cash but wary of making any more bad loans, U.K. banks are buying back their own bonds, potentially reinforcing criticism that they aren't doing enough to help the economy out of recession. ... more info

20 Sep 2012: FUNDS LEAP BEYOND THEIR BENCHMARKS
With bond yields shrinking, many mutual funds have found a way to look better: Invest in riskier bonds but continue to measure the funds' performance against benchmarks composed of safer investments. ... more info

20 Sep 2012: TWO BANKS COULD SEE INVESTOR CLAIMS ON MORTGAGE BONDS, REUTERS REPORTS
The Gibbs & Bruns law firm that reached a major settlement with Bank of America (BAC) over allegedly defective mortgage bonds said that Wells Fargo (WFC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) failed to perform their ... ... more info

19 Sep 2012: WELLS, MORGAN STANLEY FACE INVESTOR CLAIMS ON MORTGAGE BONDS
A law firm that reached a major settlement with Bank of America over allegedly defective mortgage bonds said on Wednesday that Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley failed to perform their duties servicing $73 ... ... more info

19 Sep 2012: AMR BONDHOLDERS DEMAND PAYMENT, SAY PLANES NEGLECTED
Holders of $450 million in American Airlines bonds plan to ask a U.S. bankruptcy judge for an order to help ensure they get paid, claiming that the 143 planes that are collateral for their investment could ... ... more info

19 Sep 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: SPAIN FACES DECISION ON BAILOUT
CALMER NOW: Spain's borrowing costs have fallen sharply since the European Central Bank said it would buy unlimited amounts of government bonds to help countries that are being strangled by their debts. ... ... more info

19 Sep 2012: SPAIN HAS SPACE, BUT LIMITED TIME TO SEEK BAILOUT
Spain is breathing a little easier ever since the European Central Bank said it would buy unlimited amounts of government bonds to help countries like it that are being strangled by their debts.After the ... ... more info

19 Sep 2012: SPAIN PM IN RISKY WAITING GAME ON BAILOUT REQUEST
Spain is breathing a little easier ever since the European Central Bank said it would buy unlimited amounts of government bonds to help countries like it that are being strangled by their debts.After the ... ... more info

19 Sep 2012: THE RISK OF INVESTING IN MUNICIPAL BONDS
Since the financial crisis, analysts have speculated on the degree to which municipalities and their ability to pay creditors would be hit. Unemployment, the foreclosure crisis and sprawling pension obligations ... ... more info

17 Sep 2012: U.S. RATE RISK LOOMS OVER ASIA
By Umesh Desai HONG KONG, Sept 17 - Volatility in US Treasuries is emerging as the biggest risk to investors in Asian credit after a long rally that has left a high proportion of low-coupon bonds in the ... ... more info

17 Sep 2012: SMALL GERMAN FIRMS TURN TO BONDS
A growing number of small and medium-size German businesses, most of them family-owned, are turning to corporate-bond markets for the first time for financing, while reducing their historical dependence on banks. ... more info

16 Sep 2012: LONG-DATED TREASURYS FACE TOUGHER TIMES
Bold new, open-ended monetary-stimulus measures from central banks on both sides of the Atlantic are quashing what had been a persistent demand for U.S. government bonds among investors who sought a "safe haven" for their money. ... more info

14 Sep 2012: SPAIN BAILOUT DITHERING SET TO TEST MARKET PATIENCE
Investors buying into a rally in Spanish bonds may need a strong stomach over the coming weeks as Madrid's reluctance to seek a bailout could force debt prices lower in the short term. Bond yields have ... ... more info

14 Sep 2012: BOE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW FED WITH MORE STIMULUS
The Bank of England is expected to follow the U.S. Federal Reserve and buy more bonds despite signs the U.K.'s economic contraction is coming to an end. ... more info

14 Sep 2012: MUTUAL FUNDS WEEKLY: NO JOY IN SAVERVILLE: QE3 HAS STRUCK THEM OUT
The Federal Reserve’s decision Thursday to inject the economy with another round of financial stimulus, known as QE3, cheered stock investors, gold bugs and commodity bulls. But lonely savers, already struggling with low yields on bank accounts, certificates of deposit and short-term bonds, didn’t get so much as a bone.
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14 Sep 2012: FED ACTS TO FIX JOBS MARKET
The Fed unveiled an aggressive program to spur the economy through open-ended commitments to buy mortgage bonds and promised to keep rates low for years. ... more info

14 Sep 2012: FED PLEDGES ACTION UNTIL ECONOMY SHOWS GAINS
The Federal Reserve opened a new chapter in its efforts to stimulate the economy, saying that it intends to buy large quantities of mortgage bonds until the job market improves substantially. ... more info

14 Sep 2012: ECB'S DRAGHI SEES POSITIVE RESULTS FROM BOND PLAN: PAPER
Europe is already seeing "positive results" from the European Central Bank's announcement that it stands ready to buy unlimited amounts of bonds issued by euro zone states, ECB President Mario ... ... more info

13 Sep 2012: THREATS LURK IN EUROPE DESPITE BREATHER
Brussels Beat: Mario Draghi's promise last week that the ECB would stand ready to buy governments bonds has driven the bears from Europe's woods for now. Bears, though, are not timid—and quite a few possible developments could bring them back. ... more info

12 Sep 2012: BOE'S BROADBENT SAYS WOULD SUPPORT MORE EASING IF NEEDED
Bank of England policymaker Ben Broadbent said on Wednesday he would vote for more purchases of government bonds to stimulate the economy if the circumstances warranted it. The resilience in Britain's ... ... more info

11 Sep 2012: AS MORE COMPANIES SELL DEBT, INVESTORS FOCUS ON YIELD
Six companies sold $6.6 billion of debt in U.S. markets Tuesday, the second day of unusually heavy issuance, and investor demand suggests there is a hunger for more supply. Demand was particularly heavy for lower-quality bonds. ... more info

11 Sep 2012: SPANISH, ITALIAN BANKS RUSH TO SELL DEBT
Spanish and Italian banks are rushing to sell unsecured debt after European Central Bank plans to buy the bonds of financially-stressed sovereigns helped slash borrowing costs across the region. ... more info

11 Sep 2012: SPAIN WANTS JOINT BONDS FOR EU FISCAL UNION
Spain has laid out a three-stage proposal for forming a European fiscal union, calling for the bloc to start off by issuing short-term bonds in conjunction with individual euro-zone states. ... more info

11 Sep 2012: BANKS, FIRMS CRAM IN BOND DEALS
Banks and companies continued to cram new bonds into the European market as issuers locked in deals ahead of potential pitfalls later in the week. ... more info

11 Sep 2012: BANKS, FIRMS CRAM IN BOND DEALS
Banks and companies continued to cram new bonds into the European market as issuers locked in deals ahead of potential pitfalls later in the week. ... more info

11 Sep 2012: SPAIN PM'S BAILOUT COMMENTS SPUR MARKET WARINESS
Investors are reacting warily to comments by Spain's prime minister that he won't accept certain conditions in return for a European Central Bank proposal to buy Spanish government bonds.Mariano Rajoy ... ... more info

11 Sep 2012: DUTCH BOND SALE SMOOTH, SIGNALS LITTLE ELECTION CONCERN
Just one day before the Dutch go to the polls in a general election, the country's borrowing costs fell to a record low at a sale of a new tranche of 10-year bonds, indicating that investors aren't overly troubled by the possible outcomes of the vote. ... more info

11 Sep 2012: DEALBOOK: BETS ON EUROPEAN BONDS PAYING OFF FOR FUNDS
With the extraordinary level of support from the central bank, mutual fund managers are reaping big returns on their purchases of bonds from Portugal, Italy, Spain and Ireland. ... more info

10 Sep 2012: EUROPEAN FUNDS UP EXPOSURE TO SPAIN, ITALY
Fund managers in Europe have invested more of their money in high-yielding euro-zone sovereign bonds in the run-up to and after the ECB bond buying plan approval last week. ... more info

10 Sep 2012: ECB'S FIRST BOND PROGRAM GOES OUT WITH A WHIMPER
The European Central Bank bought no government bonds last week before terminating its Securities Markets Programme and replacing it with a new plan it hopes will be more effective in lowering struggling ... ... more info

10 Sep 2012: EUROPEAN FUNDS UP EXPOSURE TO SPANISH, ITALIAN BONDS
Fund managers in Europe have invested more of their money in high-yielding sovereign debt in the run-up to and after the ECB's approval last week of a plan allowing it to buy bonds from struggling euro-zone governments. ... more info

10 Sep 2012: WHAT TO DO WITH SAVINGS BONDS FROM CHILDHOOD
Dear Dr. Don,I have three $50 Series EE savings bonds issued to me (at my childhood address) back in June 1986. They were academic awards in grade school.I have no idea what to do with them. How do I redeem ... ... more info

10 Sep 2012: BNP PARIBAS TO LET ITALIAN UNIT ISSUE OWN FUNDING: FT
BNP Paribas is expected to start issuing bonds through its Italian arm BNL rather than funding the unit from parent-company resources, showing that financing in individual countries is retrenching to national ... ... more info

9 Sep 2012: GERMAN EURO BAILOUT OPPONENT FILES NEW COURT SUIT
An opponent of the eurozone's permanent rescue fund said Sunday that he has filed a new complaint to Germany's highest court after the European Central Bank unveiled a program to buy government bonds.Peter ... ... more info

8 Sep 2012: EU'S REHN WELCOMES ECB BOND BUYING PLAN
The European Central Bank's plan to buy the bonds of euro zone countries whose debt yields are excessive is a major step towards stabilizing markets, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs ... ... more info

8 Sep 2012: GERMAN MINISTER: DON'T LET UP ON REFORMS
Germany's finance minister is insisting that countries must not use the European Central Bank's plan to buy unlimited amounts of government bonds as an excuse to let up on economic reforms and deficit-cutting.The ... ... more info

7 Sep 2012: BENCHMARK BOND YIELDS SLIP AS STOCKS TEMPER GAINS
The yield on the benchmark U.S. government bond slipped on Friday after a big jump the day before.The 10-year Treasury note, which is used as an indicator for the performance of all U.S. government bonds, ... ... more info

7 Sep 2012: SPAIN UNDER SCRUTINY AFTER ECB BOND-BUYING PLAN
Investors and governments have applauded the European Central Bank's ambitious plan to ease Europe's financial crisis by buying unlimited amounts of government bonds.The plan was devised to help out Italy ... ... more info

7 Sep 2012: RETIREMENT WEEKLY: WILL VARIABLE ANNUITIES KEEP RATCHETING UP?
Given the current low rates on bonds and the potential for lower-than-historical stock returns, the prospects for variable-annuity payouts may be losing some luster.
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7 Sep 2012: BOND PRICES, EURO JUMP AGAIN ON ECB BOND PLAN
Traders and investors ignored gaps in the European Central Bank's new bond-buying plan, propelling Spanish and Italian bonds to their strongest levels in months, crushing the cost of insuring debt against default, and pumping the euro higher. ... more info

7 Sep 2012: BONDS, EURO JUMP ON ECB BOND PLAN
Traders and investors ignored gaps in the European Central Bank's new bond-buying plan, propelling Spanish and Italian bonds to their strongest levels in months, crushing the cost of insuring debt against default, and pumping the euro higher. ... more info

7 Sep 2012: ECB'S PLAN A GAME-CHANGER FOR EURO?
The European Central Bank's (ECB) much awaited announcement on Thursday that it would buy sovereign bonds in a new program to ease the euro zone debt crisis could help the battered euro reclaim its clout ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: IN CHINA, BOND RALLY BUILDS
Signs of a turnaround in China's property market have sparked a rally in bonds of the nation's developers, making them among Asia's best performers this year. ... more info

6 Sep 2012: CENTRAL BANK TO SNAP UP DEBT, SAYING, ‘EURO IS IRREVERSIBLE’
The European Central Bank said it had agreed on a framework for buying the bonds of troubled euro zone countries, but officials set conditions that could delay action for weeks or longer. ... more info

6 Sep 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: STOCKS SOAR AFTER ECB UNVEILS PLAN
DRAGHI DELIVERS: Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, unveiled a new program to buy government bonds from the region's struggling countries with the aim of lowering their borrowing costs. ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: ECB UNVEILS AGGRESSIVE BOND PLAN TO SAVE EURO
The European Central Bank unveiled its most ambitious plan yet to ease Europe's financial crisis with a plan to buy unlimited amounts of government bonds to help lower borrowing costs for countries struggling ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: COMMODITIES UP ON EUROPE'S BOND PLAN
EUROPE'S PLAN: Many commodity prices increased after the European Central Bank said it will buy unlimited amounts of government bonds from countries struggling to manage their debts. The plan is designed ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: EUROPE'S BOND-BUYING PLAN BENEFITS COMMODITIES
A new bond-buying plan to help ease Europe's debt crisis is benefiting commodity prices.The European Central Bank said Thursday that it will buy unlimited amounts of government bonds from countries struggling ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: STOCKS SOAR AFTER ECB UNVEILS BOND BUYING EFFORT
Financial markets are soaring after investors finally got what they wanted from the European Central Bank: a concrete plan to support struggling countries in the region by buying government bonds.The surge ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: ECB OUTLINES BOND-BUYING PLAN
BONDS A WAY: The European Central Bank's president, Mario Draghi, unveiled a new program to buy the government bonds of eurozone countries that ask for financial help.BETTER RATES: The plan, which comes ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: KEY QUOTES FROM ECB HEAD DRAGHI'S PRESS BRIEFING
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi unveiled a new program Thursday to buy government bonds to bring down the borrowing costs of some countries.Here are some highlights of the things he said:— ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: ECB UNVEILS BOND-BUYING PROGRAM TO FIGHT CRISIS
The European Central Bank unveiled its most ambitious plan yet to halt Europe's financial crisis on Thursday with a pledge to buy unlimited amounts of the government bonds of countries struggling to manage ... ... more info

6 Sep 2012: ECB UNVEILS BOND-BUYING PROGRAM
The ECB unveiled its most aggressive plan to date to deal with Europe's debt crisis, promising open-ended purchases of short-maturity government bonds to keep borrowing costs down for Spain, Italy and other struggling countries. ... more info

6 Sep 2012: STRONG DEMAND AT $10 BILLION FRENCH DEBT AUCTION
France sold nearly €8 billion ($10 billion) in long-term debt at an auction that saw its borrowing costs for its 10-year bonds fall.The yield, or interest rate, on the benchmark bond was 2.21 percent, ... ... more info

5 Sep 2012: EURO CLIMBS ON BOND-BUYING REPORTS
The euro rose versus most major currencies on reports that the European Central Bank could announce plans to buy unlimited three-year government bonds at its meeting on Thursday. ... more info

5 Sep 2012: TOP 5 ZACKS#1 RANKED HIGH YIELD MUTUAL FUNDS
For the average investor, high yield mutual funds are the best method to invest in bonds rated below investment grade, popularly known as junk bonds. ... more info

5 Sep 2012: INVESTORS HEAD BACK TO CLASSROOM
California’s school bonds are drawing investors because the school districts, unlike municipalities, are considered to be the responsibility of the state. ... more info

5 Sep 2012: EURO WATCH: EUROPEAN LEADERS STEP UP TALKS
European leaders crisscrossed the Continent to discuss strategies for handling the debt crisis, a day after the central bank president described plans to buy short-term government bonds. ... more info

4 Sep 2012: ANALYSIS: HESITANT ECB BOND BUYING COULD BACKFIRE
Unless the European Central Bank sets no limits on its purchases of government bonds to lower struggling countries' borrowing costs, some investors may see any intervention as a chance to sell, threatening ... ... more info

4 Sep 2012: PAYING TAX ON LATE GRANDPARENTS' SAVINGS BONDS
Dear Tax Talk,My grandparents are now deceased. They had a number of savings bonds. How is the savings bond interest reported? The original purchase price was approximately $33,000. Interest accumulated ... ... more info

4 Sep 2012: ECB'S WEIDMANN ISOLATED ON OPPOSING BOND BUYING: PAPER
German Central Bank President Jens Weidmann is completely isolated in the European Central Bank in his opposition to buying government bonds, a Dutch newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. ... ... more info

3 Sep 2012: DRAGHI HINTS AT BOND PURCHASES
ECB President Mario Draghi dropped more hints about how the bank could support struggling countries, suggesting the bank was free to buy government bonds maturing in three years or less. ... more info

31 Aug 2012: EUROPEAN MARKETS RALLY ON ECB BOND BUY HOPES
European stock markets rallied Friday on hopes that the European Central Bank is getting ready give relief to European countries struggling with high borrowing costs by buying up their bonds.In France, ... ... more info

31 Aug 2012: CORPORATE BOND SALES WORLDWIDE HIT NEW HIGH FOR AUGUST, BLOOMBERG REPORTS
The sale of corporate bonds worldwide jumped to the most on record for August as issuers rushed to lock in record-low borrowing costs. Siemens (SI) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) led borrowers selling $237.6B ... ... more info

31 Aug 2012: WEEKEND INVESTOR: HOW TO DODGE THE FED (AND GET MORE YIELD)
Ben Bernanke’s speech Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo. didn’t throw a bone to retirees and pre-retirees who face the bleak choice of keeping their money in low-yielding bonds or riskier stocks, writes Bob Powell. Here’s how to get more yield without taking too much more risk.
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30 Aug 2012: JAPANESE YEN FOR 'SAMURAI' BONDS
Japanese investors are showing greater appetite for yen-denominated bonds from a broader range of Asian issuers, as the lure of higher returns trumps bad memories from the financial crisis. ... more info

30 Aug 2012: FUNDS RAISE BETS ON INVESTMENT-GRADE BONDS, U.S. STOCKS: REUTERS POLL
In a sign of increased optimism about the economic outlook, U.S. money managers increased their stake in investment-grade corporate bonds and U.S. stocks in August, while reducing their exposure to U.S. ... ... more info

29 Aug 2012: CENTRAL BANKER FACING A TEST
Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, will be under pressure to provide details of his plan to shore up the euro zone’s weaker member nations by buying their bonds. ... more info

28 Aug 2012: STIFF TEST FACING E.C.B. CHIEF IN BID TO SAVE EURO
In the coming month, Mr. Draghi will be under pressure to provide specific details of his plan to shore up the euro zone’s weaker member nations by buying their bonds. ... more info

28 Aug 2012: HOW ANNUITY BENEFITS ARE SHRINKING
Older investors had enough to worry about with the stock market jolting their IRAs and Uncle Sam’s bonds paying less than the price of an early bird special. Now, add to the mix the shrinking benefits from annuities.
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28 Aug 2012: FED HOPES LIFT TREASURYS
Treasury bonds strengthened in a second session on hopes the Federal Reserve would launch a new plan to buy more longer-dated securities to support the economy. ... more info

28 Aug 2012: DUMP SAVINGS BONDS TO NET A GREATER RETURN?
Dear Dr. Don,My son received a few Series EE saving bonds at birth. They are nearing maturity, and the plan was to wait to redeem them. In light of the perceived dollar decline, plus the uncertainty of ... ... more info

27 Aug 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: ECB BOND BUYING DEBATE RAGES ON
GIVE AND TAKE: Europe's top bankers continued to debate the merits of a proposed plan for the European Central Bank to buy government bonds to lower borrowing costs for financially troubled governments.LONE ... ... more info

27 Aug 2012: DEBATE RAGES ON OVER ECB BOND-BUYING PLAN
Debate raged on among Europe's top bankers on Monday over the merits of a proposed plan for the European Central Bank to buy government bonds to lower borrowing costs for financially troubled governments.Germany's ... ... more info

27 Aug 2012: DEBATE RAGES ON OVER ECB BOND BUYING
The top German official at the European Central Bank says any purchases of government bonds to lower state borrowing costs will be designed to avoid violating the European Union treaty's ban on the central ... ... more info

27 Aug 2012: STATES CONSIDER CHANGES TO INSURERS' CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, WSJ REPORTS
State insurance regulators are considering changes that would require U.S. insurers (MET, AIG) to hold more capital against some of the riskier mortgage bonds they have been picking up lately as high-yielding ... ... more info

27 Aug 2012: STATES REVIEW INSURERS' CAPITAL
State insurance regulators are considering changes that would require U.S. insurers to hold more capital against some of the riskier mortgage bonds they've acquired. ... more info

26 Aug 2012: STATES REVIEW INSURERS' ASSETS
State insurance regulators are considering changes that would require U.S. insurers to hold more capital against some of the riskier mortgage bonds they have been scooping up lately as high-yielding investments. ... more info

25 Aug 2012: HOW AN OBSCURE BOND PLAY COULD HELP CONSUMERS
As big investors snap up bonds backed by auto and credit-card loans, borrowers stand to benefit.
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24 Aug 2012: N.Y. FED PROFITS ON AIG BONDS
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York closed the book on its crisis-era acquisition of AIG's most toxic assets, at a $6.6 billion profit in the latest sale of bonds. ... more info

23 Aug 2012: NEW YORK FED SCORES PROFIT ON AIG BONDS
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York closed the book on its crisis-era acquisition of AIG's most toxic assets, at a $6.6 billion profit in the latest sale of bonds. ... more info

23 Aug 2012: KY. GROUP LOOKS AT BORROWING FOR PENSION SHORTFALL
A task force looking for ways to cover Kentucky's $19 billion public pension shortfall will explore the idea of borrowing enough money through the sale of government bonds to resolve the crisis.The Task ... ... more info

16 Aug 2012: MUNICIPAL BONDS DEFAULT MORE THAN ADVERTISED
Municipal bonds are widely seen as one of the safest investments, but this belief is based on records for a narrow slice of the market, according to new research.

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22 Aug 2012: BANK BONDS A SLIM SIGN OF HOPE
Europe's banks have jumped on the August market rally to sell a type of debt that had been their main source of funding before the crisis, but analysts warn the recent rush doesn't signal a return to precrisis health, with some deals struggling to attract much demand. ... more info

22 Aug 2012: PIMCO SLASHES ITS JUNK BOND ALLOCATION
Are PIMCO’s latest moves a good sign for longer-term debt? Plus, there’s a good reason munis aren’t selling off, catastrophe bonds outperform, and pension plans begin a move into Treasurys. ... more info

21 Aug 2012: SHOULD MUNI INVESTORS FOLLOW BUFFETT OUT?
With Warren Buffett apparently cooling on municipal bonds, mere mortal investors are wondering if they should do the same.
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21 Aug 2012: STOCKS & BONDS: SHARES FALL SLIGHTLY AS WORRY RISES ON EUROPEAN DEBT
With many traders and investors on vacation, just 2.7 billion shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange, where the 2012 average has been one billion more. ... more info

21 Aug 2012: ASIAN MARKETS RISE ON HOPES FOR ECB HELP
Asian markets edged higher Tuesday in early trading on lingering hopes that the European Central Bank might buy bonds to help struggling European economies, and rumors of fresh stimulus measures from China.Japan's ... ... more info

20 Aug 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: GERMAN BANK SKEPTICAL OF BOND BUYS
STILL CONCERNED: Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, has again stressed its skepticism toward proposed purchases of government bonds by the European Central Bank, despite signs Chancellor Angela Merkel ... ... more info

20 Aug 2012: BUNDESBANK HOLDS FIRM IN OPPOSITION TO ECB BOND BUYING
Germany's Bundesbank on Monday stepped up its resistance to a European Central Bank plan to buy billions of euros worth of Spanish and Italian government bonds to reduce those countries' crippling borrowing ... ... more info

20 Aug 2012: GERMANY'S BUNDESBANK STILL SKEPTICAL OF BOND BUYS
Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, has again stressed its skepticism toward proposed purchases of government bonds by the European Central Bank, despite signs Chancellor Angela Merkel is open to the ... ... more info

20 Aug 2012: ECB DISMISSES BONDS REPORT
The German government and the European Central Bank both hit back at a weekend report that the ECB was planning to cap the borrowing costs of fiscally strained countries with its unlimited resources. ... more info

18 Aug 2012: STOCKS & BONDS: SHARES RISE AS APPLE REACHES RECORD HIGH
A slow summer rally has lifted shares, but many investors are waiting for the next jarring event out of Europe or a disappointing report on the United States economy. ... more info

17 Aug 2012: MOODY'S: MORE CALIF. CITIES AT RISK OF BANKRUPTCY
One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds.Moody's Investors Service ... ... more info

17 Aug 2012: INVESTORS BUY TREASURY BONDS AFTER 4-DAY SELL-OFF
U.S. Treasury prices rose slightly Friday as investors sought to capture some of the highest yields in three months.The price of the 10-year Treasury note climbed 19 cents for every $100 invested. The ... ... more info

17 Aug 2012: MOODY'S: MORE CALIF. CITIES AT RISK OF BANKRUPTCY
One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and bond defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds.Moody's Investors ... ... more info

17 Aug 2012: INVESTORS BUY TREASURY BONDS AFTER 4-DAY SELL-OFF
U.S. Treasury prices rose slightly Friday as investors sought to capture some of the highest yields in three months.The price of the 10-year Treasury note climbed 19 cents for every $100 invested. The ... ... more info

17 Aug 2012: ICE LAUNCHES BOND TRADING PLATFORM
IntercontinentalExchange has jointly launched Cetip | Trader, a new electronic trading platform for fixed income bonds in Brazil, with Cetip S.A. ... more info

16 Aug 2012: ARE SAVINGS BONDS AN IDENTITY THEFT RISK?
Dear Dr. Don,I have several savings bonds that have our Social Security numbers on the front. They're placed very prominently. I am really afraid to cash them because of the Social Security numbers and ... ... more info

15 Aug 2012: INTEREST RATES JUMP TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN THREE MONTHS
Treasury yields moved to their highest level in three-months Wednesday, as selling hit the bonds sought as the safest haven just a month ago. ... more info

15 Aug 2012: SPANISH BONDS IN LIMBO OVER A 'PHONY WAR'
Investors are far from convinced that a possible return by the ECB will keep a lid on borrowing costs. Nor is it clear when the central bank might act. ... more info

14 Aug 2012: WHY ASIAN BONDS AREN'T JUST SHORT-TERM BETS
Asian government bonds have been seen as somewhat of a safe-haven this year, benefiting from volatile global markets. But some experts argue that the appeal of certain regional bond markets as a longer-term ... ... more info

13 Aug 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: ITALY PAYS HIGHER YIELD ON BONDS
THE NEWS: Italy paid slightly higher interest rates to borrow money for 12 months, a sign of ongoing unease over the country's public finances.THE NUMBERS: The company paid 2.76 percent, up from 2.69 percent ... ... more info

13 Aug 2012: ITALY PAYS SLIGHTLY HIGHER YIELD ON 12-MONTH BONDS
The Italian Treasury has paid slightly higher interest rates to borrow money for 12 months, a sign of ongoing unease over the country's public finances.Italy on Monday paid 2.76 percent to attract investors ... ... more info

12 Aug 2012: RISKS RISE FOR CORPORATE-BOND HOLDERS
Investors are stampeding into high-quality corporate bonds, driving yields to record lows and spurring even firms that don't need the money right now to issue debt. Some say the risks for investors are rising. ... more info

11 Aug 2012: STOCKS AND BONDS: STOCKS END LIGHT TRADING DAY FOR A 5TH WEEK OF GAINS ON WALL ST.
The Dow and the S.& P. 500 closed out their fifth consecutive week of gains, led once again by expectations for global central bank stimulus despite discouraging signs for worldwide growth. ... more info

10 Aug 2012: SEEKING HIGHER YIELDS? TRY 'JUNK' MUNIS
High-yield corporate bonds have seen huge inflows. For better deals, investors should shift their attention to ones issued by state and local governments. ... more info

10 Aug 2012: TREASURY PRICES RISE ON WORRIES OF CHINA SLOWDOWN
Investors returned to the safety of U.S. government bonds after China reported that trade and domestic demand had weakened faster than expected.The reports suggested that the world's second-largest economy ... ... more info

9 Aug 2012: US TREASURY AUCTIONS 30-YEAR BONDS AT LOW YIELD
The U.S. government auctioned $16 billion in 30-year bonds at a low yield Thursday, reflecting continued strong demand for ultra-safe investments.The bonds were priced to yield 2.825 percent, the Treasury ... ... more info

7 Aug 2012: FAIR GAME: MUNI ISSUERS COULD USE MORE S.E.C. PROTECTION — FAIR GAME
The Securities and Exchange Commission could be more active in guarding state and local agencies against the financial firms that underwrite their bonds.

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8 Aug 2012: BOB DYLAN BECOMES BONDS' SELLING POINT
A privately held Nashville, Tenn., company is preparing a $300-million bond backed by the cut it receives as a middleman between music companies and songwriters and the outlets that broadcast their music. ... more info

8 Aug 2012: DBRS KEEPS SPAIN, IRELAND RATINGS ABOVE KEY ECB LEVEL
Spain and Ireland dodged a bullet on Wednesday when ratings agency DBRS stopped short of downgrading their debt below a European Central Bank trigger for extra charges to banks using the countries' bonds ... ... more info

8 Aug 2012: ITALIAN BANK LOANS TO BUSINESS FALL AGAIN
Wary Italian banks are parking their money in government bonds rather than using it to boost business activity by lending to firms, signaling no let-up in the credit crunch that is crippling the euro zone's ... ... more info

8 Aug 2012: BOB DYLAN BECOMES BONDS' SELLING POINT
A privately held Nashville, Tenn., company is preparing a $300-million bond backed by the cut it receives as a middleman between music companies and songwriters and the outlets that broadcast their music. ... more info

7 Aug 2012: BOB DYLAN BECOMES SELLING POINT FOR BONDS
A privately held Nashville, Tenn., company is preparing a $300-million bond backed by the cut it receives as a middleman between music companies and songwriters and the outlets that broadcast their music. ... more info

6 Aug 2012: ALTRIA LEADS U.S. BOND SALES IN BUSIEST WEEKLY START SINCE MARCH
Altria Group Inc. (MO) sold $2.8 billionof debt to lead the busiest weekly start for U.S. corporate bondsales in more than four months as company borrowing costs holdat about record lows. Altria, the largest ... ... more info

6 Aug 2012: SPAIN, ITALY DEBT EXTENDS RALLY BUT ECB DETAILS KEY
Spanish and Italian bonds rose further on Monday, led by shorter-dated paper which has met revived demand on prospects of eventual ECB buying but details of the promised anti-crisis steps were seen key ... ... more info

5 Aug 2012: ITALY PLAYS DOWN PROSPECTS IT WILL TAP EU RESCUE FUNDS
Italy does not at the moment need to ask the euro zone's rescue funds to buy its government bonds in the markets to bring down borrowing costs, Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco and Cabinet Undersecretary ... ... more info

4 Aug 2012: FAIR GAME: MUNI ISSUERS COULD USE MORE S.E.C. PROTECTION — FAIR GAME
The Securities and Exchange Commission could be more active in guarding state and local agencies against the financial firms that underwrite their bonds.

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4 Aug 2012: FAIR GAME: MUNI ISSUERS COULD USE MORE S.E.C. PROTECTION — FAIR GAME
The Securities and Exchange Commission could be more active in guarding state and local agencies against the financial firms that underwrite their bonds. ... more info

3 Aug 2012: SPANISH DEBT SURGES; DRAGHI COMMENTS SEEN IN NEW LIGHT
Spanish and Italian government bonds surged on Friday, as investors bought in anticipation of an eventual intervention by the European Central Bank to curb those countries' borrowing costs even though ... ... more info

3 Aug 2012: MOODY'S, S&P DOWNGRADE SLOVENIA'S BOND RATING
Two ratings agencies, Moody's and Standard & Poor's, downgraded Slovenia's government bonds on Friday due to concerns over the country's troubled banks and its high borrowing rates.Moody's cut by three ... ... more info

3 Aug 2012: ESTONIA'S HANSSON BACKS DRAGHI PROPOSAL
Estonia's Ardo Hansson said the ECB would buy bonds only conditionally, but added that the plan—which still must be negotiated—could go forward without approval from all the members of the governing council. ... more info

3 Aug 2012: ECB BOOSTS TWO-YEAR DEBT
Investors snapped up two-year Spanish and Italian government bonds after the ECB's Draghi said a revival of the bond-buying program would focus on shorter-dated debt ... more info

2 Aug 2012: BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
___European bank willing to buy bonds to save euroThe European Central Bank is preparing to unleash its financial might and buy government bonds to help drive down borrowing costs in debt-ridden countries ... ... more info

2 Aug 2012: EUROPE'S BANK RATTLES INVESTORS
The ECB may soon step in to buy government bonds on the open market and consider other unconventional measures to lower high borrowing costs, President Mario Draghi said. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: NEWS ANALYSIS: DRAGHI EDGES CLOSER TO BOND PURCHASES, BUT HOPES ARE BLUNTED
The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said he was willing to buy government bonds in league with Europe’s bailout fund but it would take several weeks to work out the details. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: EUROPEAN BANK WILLING TO BUY BONDS TO SAVE EURO
The European Central Bank is preparing to unleash its financial might and buy government bonds to help drive down borrowing costs in debt-ridden countries like Spain and Italy, caught in the grip of what ... ... more info

2 Aug 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: ECB CHIEF SAYS BANK MAY BUY BONDS
PROMISES: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Thursday the bank would make a new effort to buy government bonds to drive down the high borrowing rates squeezing the continent's governments ... ... more info

2 Aug 2012: TOP 5 HIGHEST YIELDING ZACKS #1 RANKED GOVERNMENT BOND MUTUAL FUNDS
For investors looking at parking their funds with bonds, U.S. government securities are probably the safest possible investments in the category. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: ECB SIGNALS MAY BUY EURO ZONE BONDS
The European Central Bank indicated on Thursday it may again start buying government bonds to reduce crippling Spanish and Italian borrowing costs but the conditions it set and the dissenting voice of ... ... more info

2 Aug 2012: DRAGHI'S PLAN FOR EURO DISAPPOINTS
The ECB may soon step in to buy government bonds on the open market and consider other unconventional measures to lower high borrowing costs, President Mario Draghi said. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: DRAGHI'S PLAN FOR EURO DISAPPOINTS
The ECB may soon step in to buy government bonds on the open market and consider other unconventional measures to lower high borrowing costs, President Mario Draghi said. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK EDGES CLOSER TO BOND PURCHASES
The bank’s president, Mario Draghi, said he was willing to buy government bonds in league with Europe’s bailout fund but it would take several weeks to work out the details. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: ECB'S DRAGHI: BANK MAY INTERVENE ON BONDS
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Thursday the bank would make a new effort to buy government bonds to drive down the high borrowing rates squeezing the continent's indebted governments. ... ... more info

2 Aug 2012: AUCTION UNDERPINS SPANISH BONDS BEFORE ECB
Spanish government bonds rose on Thursday after the country easily sold debt at an auction even as investors questioned whether European Central Bank President Mario Draghi would be able to deliver decisive ... ... more info

2 Aug 2012: SPANISH MARKETS PUMMELED OVER ECB DISAPPOINTMENT
Spanish stocks and bonds bore the brunt of investor disappointment with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and the absence of fresh, concrete policy measures to fight the euro zone's debt crisis. ... more info

2 Aug 2012: STOCKS AND BONDS: WAVE OF VOLATILE TRADING UNSETTLES U.S. MARKETS
A New Jersey broker’s stock-trading software accidentally set off millions of trades on Wednesday, drawing renewed attention to the fragility of the nation’s stock exchanges. ... more info

1 Aug 2012: SPAIN BONDS RISE; INVESTORS AVOID SELLING BEFORE ECB
Spanish and Italian bond prices rose on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to sell before a European Central Bank meeting on Thursday on the possibility the bank may resume its bond buying program. Just ... ... more info

1 Aug 2012: ECB MAY HAVE TO CHANGE TACK ON BOND BUYS
When European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said that he was ready to "do whatever it takes" to save the euro, he fueled investor hopes the bank would again start buying government bonds to ... ... more info

1 Aug 2012: ROBERT POWELL'S YOUR PORTFOLIO: WORRIED ABOUT BONDS AND BANKRUPTCIES?
Which muni bonds are good? Which should you avoid?
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31 Jul 2012: S.E.C. URGES REFORMS OF MUNICIPAL BOND MARKET
A report described the municipal bond market as “illiquid and opaque” and said that issuers of the bonds should provide the same information that investors receive in other financial markets. ... more info

30 Jul 2012: AMERICA'S SPAIN: CALIFORNIA
Municipal bonds have long been touted for their tax-free income, but overspending and fiscal mismanagement is pushing U.S. states and cities to the brink. A major profit opportunity for munibond investors ... ... more info

31 Jul 2012: FOUR RETIREMENT STRATEGIES FOR MUNI BONDS
Your federal taxes are likely to go up, possibly as early as January. If that’s the case, you should begin taking a closer look at one of the most important investments for many retirees: municipal bonds.
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9 Jul 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND MARKET VOLATILITY AND HOW TO FIGHT IT - FUNDAMENTALLY
Long-term Treasury bonds, not to mention European government bonds, have had a bumpy road. But analysts see strategies for finding a smoother ride in the overall market.

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30 Jul 2012: SPANISH COVERED BONDS ARE LOOKING VULNERABLE
The Spanish covered-bond market appears primed to see increased selling pressure, as the country's debt crisis creeps into one of the last areas that foreign investors haven't yet fled. ... more info

29 Jul 2012: GERMANY, FRANCE BACK PLEDGE TO SAVE EURO
Merkel and Hollande threw their weight behind the pledge by the ECB's Draghi to protect the euro with decisive action, a crucial endorsement for the ECB's buying of beleaguered nations' bonds. ... more info

27 Jul 2012: GERMANY, FRANCE BACK PLEDGE TO SAVE EURO
Merkel and Hollande threw their weight behind the pledge by the ECB's Draghi to protect the euro with decisive action, a crucial endorsement for the ECB's buying of beleaguered nations' bonds. ... more info

27 Jul 2012: TREASURY YIELDS SOAR ON MORE GOOD NEWS FROM EUROPE
Investors are embracing risk again.Traders saw fewer reasons to buy ultra-safe investments such as U.S. government bonds after key European leaders pledged to protect the union of 17 countries that use ... ... more info

27 Jul 2012: ECB TO DISCUSS RESCUE PLAN WITH BUNDESBANK
ECB President Mario Draghi will meet with German central bank head Jens Weidmann to discuss plans for the ECB and Europe's rescue fund to join forces in purchasing Spanish and Italian government bonds. ... more info

27 Jul 2012: EUROPE'S LEADERS MOVE TO SHOW RESOLVE
Top European policy makers moved to demonstrate their readiness for action to help Spain and Italy, a day after the ECB's Draghi hinted that the bank might buy the beleaguered nations' bonds. ... more info

26 Jul 2012: NEWS SUMMARY: A LOOK AT GINNIE MAE MUTUAL FUNDS
RISK-RETURN TRADE-OFF: Mutual funds that specialize in government-backed mortgage bonds known as Ginnie Maes can generate significantly higher yields for their investors than Treasury bonds maturing over ... ... more info

25 Jul 2012: TREASURY YIELDS INCH UP AS STOCKS RISE
The yield on the government's benchmark bond edged up slightly Wednesday, but it was hardly a convincing sign that investors are getting back into stocks. Yields on other important government bonds, including ... ... more info

25 Jul 2012: AP: NY LAWMAKERS INVEST TO PAD CAMPAIGN ACCOUNTS
Two of New York's most powerful lawmakers have bolstered their massive campaign accounts by investing millions of those dollars in municipal bonds and companies, some of which have business before the ... ... more info

25 Jul 2012: MARKETAXESS 2Q EARNINGS CLIMB 5 PCT, BEAT STREET
MarketAxess' second-quarter net income rose a better-than-expected 5 percent as clients with the trading service bought more high-grade corporate bonds.Net income for the April-through-June period was ... ... more info

25 Jul 2012: ITALY HOLDS BOND SWAP TO EASE PRESSURE ON LINKERS
Italy bought back 1.33 billion euros of four inflation-linked bonds on Wednesday in a move aimed at easing pressure on these assets following a ratings downgrade that will force them out of some bond indexes. ... ... more info

25 Jul 2012: ESM BANKING LICENSE TALK WEIGHS ON GERMAN BUNDS
German government bonds fell on Wednesday on signs that euro zone policymakers may be opening up to the idea of giving the bloc's ESM rescue fund a banking license to improve its ability to fight the debt ... ... more info

25 Jul 2012: SPAIN UNDER MORE FINANCIAL PRESSURE
The financial pressure on Spain shows no signs of abating as investors demanded more to buy the country's bonds.The yield, or interest rate, on Spain's benchmark ten-year bond has spiked 0.11 percentage ... ... more info

24 Jul 2012: MOODY'S GERMAN VIEW HITS BUND; SPAIN UNDER PRESSURE
German government bonds fell on Tuesday, snapping a three-week rally after credit rating agency Moody's revised its outlook on the country to negative, but the sell-off was not expected to last with pressure ... ... more info

24 Jul 2012: NY LICENSES NEW INSURER FOR MUTUAL BONDS
New York's Department of Financial Services says it has licensed a new company to operate as the first mutual insurer serving the U.S. municipal bond market.A mutual insurance company is owned by its policyholders, ... ... more info

24 Jul 2012: EUROPE DIMS GERMAN OUTLOOK
Moody's dimmed its outlook on Germany, further exposing the euro zone's fragility. The warning followed a dramatic flight by investors from Spanish bonds. ... more info

23 Jul 2012: EUROPE DIMS GERMAN OUTLOOK
Moody's dimmed its outlook on Germany, further exposing the euro zone's fragility. The warning followed a dramatic flight by investors from Spanish bonds. ... more info

23 Jul 2012: SPAIN'S RISKS GROW AS YIELDS SOAR
A flight by investors from Spanish bonds deepened, sending yields soaring and leaving the euro zone's fourth-largest economy at grave risk of needing a bailout. ... more info

23 Jul 2012: SPAIN'S RISKS GROW AS YIELDS SOAR
A flight by investors from Spanish bonds deepened, sending yields soaring and leaving the euro zone's fourth-largest economy at grave risk of needing a bailout. ... more info

23 Jul 2012: EUROPE FEAR SURGES; DOW FALLS MORE THAN 150
Fear that Spain may need a government bailout is sending stocks around the world sharply lower. The Dow Jones industrial average is down 155 points to 12,668.Yields for U.S. government bonds sank to record ... ... more info

23 Jul 2012: SPAIN BEDEVILS MARKETS AGAIN
Spanish government bonds weakened substantially for the second straight trading day, leaving the country at grave risk of needing a bailout—and spurring a selloff across the Continent. ... more info

23 Jul 2012: SPAIN BEDEVILS MARKETS AGAIN
Spanish government bonds weakened substantially for the second straight trading day, leaving the country at grave risk of needing a bailout—and spurring a selloff across the Continent. ... more info

23 Jul 2012: IS IT TIME TO LONG SPANISH BONDS?
Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists ... ... more info

21 Jul 2012: EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK TO STOP ACCEPTING GREEK BONDS AS COLLATERAL
Unsettling investors, the European Central Bank temporarily suspended commercial banks’ ability to use Athens debt to secure loans, an action that could hurt some Greek banks. ... more info

20 Jul 2012: ECB ADDS TO PRESSURE ON GREECE
The European Central Bank said it would reject Greek government bonds as collateral for its normal lending operations from next Wednesday, raising pressure on Athens to comply with demands for deep budget cuts. ... more info

20 Jul 2012: CLOCK TICKING FOR MORTGAGE CLAIMS FROM PRIVATE INVESTORS
For one group of investors looking to get banks to pay for their mortgage misdeeds, the clock is ticking. Investors that bought mortgage bonds during the housing boom are putting increasing pressure on ... ... more info

20 Jul 2012: ECB RAISES PRESSURE ON GREECE
The European Central Bank said it would reject Greek government bonds as collateral for its normal lending operations from next Wednesday, raising pressure on Athens to comply with demands for deep budget cuts. ... more info

19 Jul 2012: BUNDESBANK SEEN ADDING AUSSIE DOLLAR TO RESERVES
Germany's Bundesbank is expected to begin adding Australian dollar assets such as government bonds to its foreign reserve holdings before the end of September, bankers say. ... more info

19 Jul 2012: MORTGAGE BONDS BET ON HOUSING UPTURN
In the latest sign that the real-estate slump may have hit bottom, the bond investors who are among the most exposed to the vagaries of the housing market are finally starting to price in a recovery. ... more info

19 Jul 2012: SPANISH FINANCES FACE CRUCIAL TESTS IN GERMANY AND AT HOME
The German Parliament will vote on a bailout of Spain's banking sector as Madrid prepares to sell bonds and unions plan to protest budget cuts. ... more info

18 Jul 2012: EURO DROPS, BONDS RISE AFTER MERKEL COMMENTS
The euro fell broadly on Wednesday after comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel reignited worries about the euro zone debt crisis and government bond prices rose over fears of slow economic growth. ... ... more info

18 Jul 2012: I.M.F. URGES EUROPE’S CENTRAL BANK TO BUY MORE GOVERNMENT DEBT
The International Monetary Fund called on the European Central Bank to begin buying government bonds to help hold down borrowing costs for troubled countries. ... more info

18 Jul 2012: I.M.F. WARNS OF ‘SIZABLE RISK’ OF DEFLATION IN EURO ZONE
The International Monetary Fund called on the European Central Bank to begin buying government bonds to help hold down borrowing costs for troubled countries. ... more info

18 Jul 2012: CREDIT SUISSE SETS CAPITAL PLAN
Credit Suisse moved to stanch recent concerns about its financial strength, saying it is raising capital through the sale of convertible bonds, more divestments and the launch of another cost-savings program. ... more info

18 Jul 2012: CREDIT SUISSE SETS CAPITAL PLAN
Credit Suisse moved to stanch recent concerns about its financial strength, saying it is raising capital through the sale of convertible bonds, more divestments and the launch of another cost-savings program. ... more info

17 Jul 2012: TREASURY PRICES SLIP ON BERNANKE TESTIMONY
Treasurys prices fell Tuesday, sending their yields slightly higher, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dashed hopes that the central bank would be buying more bonds soon to help the economy.In ... ... more info

17 Jul 2012: BERNANKE REMARKS CRIMP TREASURYS
Treasury bonds fell, losing ground to U.S. stocks, a sign that hopes resurfaced after initial disappointment on the prospects of new monetary stimulus from the Fed. ... more info

16 Jul 2012: ITALY'S TREASURY SAYS EXTRA BOND SALE SHOWS CONFIDENCE
The Italian Treasury said that solid demand at a supplementary debt auction on Monday confirmed investor confidence in Italian bonds even as 10-year yields rose above 6 percent. Italy sold 920 million ... ... more info

16 Jul 2012: DEBT WORRIES HIT EURO, GERMAN BONDS GAIN
The euro hit a three-and-a-half year low against sterling and German bond prices extended last week's gains on Monday as investors worried the European Central Bank had changed its stance on how some bondholders ... ... more info

15 Jul 2012: ECB SHIFTS VIEW ON BOND LOSSES
The ECB, in a sharp turnaround, advocated imposing losses on holders of senior bonds issued by the most severely damaged Spanish savings banks—though finance ministers have for now rejected the approach. ... more info

14 Jul 2012: STOCKS AND BONDS: BIG GAINS AT JPMORGAN STRENGTHEN OUTLOOK ON BANKING SECTOR
The country’s largest bank earned $5 billion in the last quarter, easily beating forecasts, despite a deeper loss from a trade that went wrong. ... more info

13 Jul 2012: ITALY FACES BOND SALE TEST AFTER MOODY'S DOWNGRADE
Italy's auction of up to 5.25 billion euros in bonds on Friday looks altogether more testing after Moody's cut its rating on the euro zone's third-largest economy to just two notches above junk status. ... ... more info

12 Jul 2012: TREASURY 30Y AUCTION FETCHES RECORD LOW YIELD
Investors can't seem to get enough of U.S. government bonds.A day after a record-setting auction of 10-year notes, the U.S. Treasury sold $13 billion of 30-year bonds Thursday at a record low yield of ... ... more info

12 Jul 2012: SNAKEBITTEN IN PRESENT, CALIFORNIA BOND INVESTORS SPEED AHEAD
David Weidner wonders how a state where cities are declaring bankruptcy votes to approve roughly $10 billion in new bonds to build a high-speed rail line from one unimportant rural town to another. ... more info

11 Jul 2012: MARKET EXTRA: MUNICIPAL BONDS DISCOUNT SAN BERNARDINO BANKRUPTCY
Municipal bond investors shrug off the latest California city to declare bankruptcy — San Bernardino — as the broader market continues to perform relatively well. “We’re going to have bankruptcies here and there,” says one analyst.
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11 Jul 2012: SPAIN BANK SUB BONDHOLDERS TRY TO SELL
Investors left holding positions in Spanish subordinated bonds were trying to sell them Wednesday after the Spanish government hinted these type of instruments might be forced to take losses. ... more info

11 Jul 2012: BOJ BEHIND STEEP DECLINES IN JGB YIELDS
The euro-zone crisis is widely credited with sending investments into the "safe haven" of Japanese government bonds, but some analysts say the key reason for the market's buoyancy is due to the Bank of Japan. ... more info

10 Jul 2012: TOP 5 ZACKS #1 RANKED GOVERNMENT BOND MUTUAL FUNDS
For investors looking at parking their funds with bonds, U.S. government securities are probably the safest possible investments in the category. ... more info

10 Jul 2012: LESS PRESSURE ON FED AT CURRENT YIELDS: BULLARD
A fall in yields on U.S. government bonds has taken some of the pressure for further action to stimulate the economy off the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard ... ... more info

9 Jul 2012: WORRIES OVER EUROPE LURE TRADERS INTO TREASURYS
U.S. Treasury prices edged up Monday as worries about the global economy lured traders into the safest of government bonds.Borrowing costs for the Spanish government crept back above 7 percent on Monday, ... ... more info

9 Jul 2012: BOE NOT CONSIDERING BUYING ASSETS OTHER THAN GILTS: POSEN
The Bank of England is not considering buying other assets than government bonds in order to boost the ailing economy, policymaker Adam Posen said on Monday. "There is a disagreement in the MPC about ... ... more info

6 Jul 2012: YIELDS DROP IN SAFETY PLAY
Investors sought shelter in Treasury bonds, German bunds and U.K. gilts as a disappointing jobs report added to anxiety about the global economic outlook. ... more info

6 Jul 2012: PAYROLLS REPORT PUMPS UP TREASURY DEMAND
Investors sought shelter in Treasury bonds, German bunds and U.K. gilts as a disappointing jobs report added to anxiety about the global economic outlook. ... more info

5 Jul 2012: INVESTORS SEEK HAVEN IN TREASURYS
Investors sought comfort in Treasury bonds after a disappointing U.S. service industry report and downbeat comments by the head of the ECB on the economic outlook. ... more info

5 Jul 2012: AILING BRITAIN'S CENTRAL BANK TURNS MONEY TAPS BACK ON
The Bank of England launched a third round of monetary stimulus on Thursday, saying it would restart its printing presses and buy 50 billion pounds of government bonds with newly created money to help ... ... more info

5 Jul 2012: ECB CUTS RATES TO NEW LOW, NO MOVE ON BOLDER MEASURES
The European Central Bank cut interest rates to a record low on Thursday to breathe life into a deteriorating euro zone economy but steered clear of more dramatic measures such as buying government bonds ... ... more info

5 Jul 2012: JPMORGAN RISES TO CHALLENGE HSBC AS ASIA'S TOP BOND ARRANGER
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the largestunderwriter of corporate bonds worldwide, jumped eight spots tonumber two in Asia as Li Ka-shing 's Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13)picked the bank to manage its return ... ... more info

3 Jul 2012: BULGARIA SELLS $1.2 BILLION WORTH OF BONDS
Bulgaria has successfully sold 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) worth of five-year government bonds at an interest rate of below 5 percent.The Finance Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the bonds ... ... more info

2 Jul 2012: FINLAND, NETHERLANDS OPPOSE EU'S BOND-PURCHASE PLAN
Finland and the Netherlands took issue Monday with the European Union's decision to use the bloc's new, permanent rescue fund to buy government bonds from private investors in a bid to end the region's debt crisis. ... more info

2 Jul 2012: DISMAL ISM DATA FUEL TREASURY RALLY
Treasury bonds kick-started trading for the second half of 2012 with a bang, as a downbeat U.S. manufacturing gauge sparked a flight into safe-harbor assets. ... more info

2 Jul 2012: FINLAND OPPOSES BOND-PURCHASE PLAN
Finland took issue Monday with the European Union's decision to use the bloc's new, permanent rescue fund to buy government bonds from private investors in a bid to end the region's debt crisis. ... more info

1 Jul 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND MARKET VOLATILITY AND HOW TO FIGHT IT - FUNDAMENTALLY
Long-term Treasury bonds, not to mention European government bonds, have had a bumpy road. But analysts see strategies for finding a smoother ride in the overall market.

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2 Jul 2012: TIME'S UP! CASH IN THOSE OLD SAVINGS BONDS
Dear Dr. Don,My mother has some Series E savings bonds, which she purchased monthly from 1976 to 1980. She owns approximately 54 savings bonds. Can you tell me what the interest rate on each of the bonds ... ... more info

2 Jul 2012: CREDIT MARKETS: CORPORATE BONDS SEEN CONTINUING STRONG RUN
Corporate bonds remain the darling of fixed-income managers, and are seen continuing to do well in the rest of the year amid a challenging global economic environment.
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30 Jun 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND MARKET VOLATILITY AND HOW TO FIGHT IT - FUNDAMENTALLY
Long-term Treasury bonds, not to mention European government bonds, have had a bumpy road. But analysts see strategies for finding a smoother ride in the overall market.

... more info

30 Jun 2012: FUNDAMENTALLY: BOND MARKET VOLATILITY AND HOW TO FIGHT IT - FUNDAMENTALLY
Long-term Treasury bonds, not to mention European government bonds, have had a bumpy road. But analysts see strategies for finding a smoother ride in the overall market. ... more info

30 Jun 2012: STOCKS AND BONDS: GLOBAL MARKETS SOAR ON EUROPEAN BREAKTHROUGH
Stocks on Wall Street surged after European leaders agreed to use bailout funds to recapitalize struggling banks directly. Euro zone shares closed ahead 5 percent. ... more info

29 Jun 2012: EUROPE'S STOCKS, DEBT GET RELIEF
News that the euro zone would eventually authorize its rescue fund to directly aid troubled banks helped propel a huge rally in Spanish and Italian bonds, the banks of Southern Europe, stock markets across the continent and the common currency itself. ... more info

29 Jun 2012: MARKETS CHEER EUROPE PLAN, AWAIT DETAILS
News that the euro zone would eventually authorize its rescue fund to directly aid troubled banks helped propel a huge rally in Spanish and Italian bonds, the banks of Southern Europe, stock markets across the continent and the common currency itself. ... more info

29 Jun 2012: MARKETS CHEER EUROPE PLAN, AWAIT DETAILS
News that the euro zone would eventually authorize its rescue fund to directly aid troubled banks helped propel a huge rally in Spanish and Italian bonds, the banks of Southern Europe, stock markets across the continent and the common currency itself. ... more info

29 Jun 2012: GREAT VALUE IN CHINESE JUNK PROPERTY BONDS
Despite the fall in China's property prices over the past eight months and growing worries over the financial health of its developers, investment strategists tell CNBC they are bullish on junk bonds issued ... ... more info

26 Jun 2012: BOND SALES TO FUND BUYOUTS ON THE REBOUND
Companies have sold $8.2 billion of bonds for the purposes of leveraged buyouts, or LBOs, this year, the busiest year-to-date pace in dollar terms since 2008 and up 2% on year-earlier levels. ... more info

26 Jun 2012: CYPRUS BONDS INELIGIBLE AS ECB COLLATERAL
Cyprus government bonds are no longer eligible as collateral for refinancing operations with the European Central Bank after the country's credit ratings fell below the minimum standard, the bank said ... ... more info

26 Jun 2012: SPANISH TWO-YEAR NOTES EXTEND DROP AFTER YIELDS RISE AT AUCTION
Spanish bonds extended a declinedafter the nation sold three- and six-month bills, with the yieldon two-year notes rising four basis points to 4.90 percent to9:56 a.m. London time. Ten-year yields climbed ... ... more info

25 Jun 2012: SPANISH YIELDS RISE AS SUMMIT HOPES FADE
Spanish government bonds came under pressure on Monday while safe-haven German Bunds rallied sharply, after markets hopes for an EU summit this week to produce convincing steps to halt the euro zone debt ... ... more info

25 Jun 2012: WHY INDIA'S MOVES TO HALT RUPEE SLIDE WILL FAIL
India announced a number of measures on Monday to support the embattled rupee, including raising the limit on foreign investment in government bonds, but analysts told CNBC the moves will not reverse the ... ... more info

24 Jun 2012: CREDIT SUISSE MAY BRING FORWARD COCO BOND SALE: PAPER
Swiss bank Credit Suisse may shore up its capital by issuing 6 billion Swiss francs of convertible bonds or CoCos ahead of schedule and will stick with current chief Brady Dougan in part because of a lack ... ... more info

22 Jun 2012: MOODY'S DOWNGRADES $64 BILLION OF U.S. MUNI DEBT
Moody's Investors Service on Friday cut ratings on $64 billion of municipal bonds, including debt owed by 1,675 local and state governments, because the obligations rely on 15 global banks the Wall Street ... ... more info

22 Jun 2012: MOODY'S CUTS RATINGS ON 24 GAS PREPAYMENT BONDS
Moody's Investors Service on Friday cut ratings on 24 issues of gas prepayment bonds worth about $19 billion. The Wall Street credit ratings agency said the downgrades were knock-on actions from Thursday's ... ... more info

22 Jun 2012: SPAIN RALLIES AS ECB COLLATERAL MOVE PROVIDES RELIEF
Spanish bonds rallied for a fourth consecutive day on Friday after the ECB relaxed its collateral rules, bolstering investors' conviction that policymakers were taking steps to alleviate pressure on the ... ... more info

21 Jun 2012: BAILOUTS' CREDITOR HIERARCHY SCARES PRIVATE BONDHOLDERS
European officials are becoming more and more concerned about the way their bailouts kick private investors down in the creditor pecking order. As official creditors move in, holders of government bonds get pushed to the back of the line in any future debt restructuring. ... more info

21 Jun 2012: SPANISH BOND SALE REVEALS FRAGILITY OF ECONOMY
The Spanish Treasury sold more bonds than expected amid strong demand, but at sharply higher rates, in the latest test of the country's market credibility. ... more info

21 Jun 2012: EXCLUSIVE: ECB MULLS SCRAPPING RATING RULES FOR GOVERNMENT BONDS: SOURCES
The European Central Bank is discussing a medium-term plan to scrap ratings rules on euro zone sovereign bonds and instead set their value as collateral in lending operations on its own internal assessment, ... ... more info

21 Jun 2012: ARE SAVERS BUYING TOO MANY TREASURYS, AND TOO FEW GOODS?
The world's apparently insatiable appetite for the safety of U.S. government bonds may be helping to keep America's borrowing rates down, but at the cost of a stronger global recovery, cautions HSBC. ... more info

20 Jun 2012: TUMULT TRIPS EGYPT STOCKS
The standoff over Egypt's presidential elections is reverberating through the country's financial markets, raising the threat of a collapse in the currency and driving investors away from its stocks and bonds. ... more info

20 Jun 2012: TUMULT TRIPS EGYPT STOCKS
The standoff over Egypt's presidential elections is reverberating through the country's financial markets, raising the threat of a collapse in the currency and driving investors away from its stocks and bonds. ... more info

20 Jun 2012: ITALIAN PLAN TO REDUCE BORROWING COSTS GETS CLOSE LOOK
Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose support is crucial, said that while the idea was “theoretical,” it remained “one of the options” for bringing down yields on Spanish and Italian bonds. ... more info

20 Jun 2012: 6 REASONS TO CONSIDER SERIES I BONDS
Series I bonds deserve a look for almost everyone's retirement portfolio. These government bonds are guaranteed to increase in value every year at least at the rate of inflation, and each person can buy ... ... more info

20 Jun 2012: PROPOSALS TO PROP UP EUROPEAN BONDS PUT PRESSURE ON GERMANY
Italy has suggested that the euro zone bailout fund intervene to bring down borrowing costs that are threatening weaker euro countries like Italy and Spain. ... more info

19 Jun 2012: FOR EUROPE'S HAVES, BORROWING PAYS
The divide between Europe's haves and have-nots became starkly apparent as investors flocked to some of the continent's lowest-risk, lowest-returns bonds while forcing Spain to pay up to borrow. ... more info

19 Jun 2012: THE BIG CONUNDRUM: STOCKS OR BONDS?
Some see the bond market rally as tired and overblown, while others say stocks are vulnerable to risk even though they are historically undervalued. So what's an investor to do? ... more info

19 Jun 2012: SPAIN PAYS HEAVILY TO LURE INVESTORS
Spain remained at risk of losing access to debt markets, even as it raised its targeted amount of short-term cash and yields on existing bonds fell slightly. Yields on the Treasury bills were about two percentage points higher than a month ago. ... more info

19 Jun 2012: SPAIN BOND YIELDS REMAIN HIGH BEFORE AUCTION
The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds remains perilously high as the Treasury prepares to test market sentiment with an auction of up to €3 billion ($3.8 billion) in short-term debt.The interest rate on the ... ... more info

18 Jun 2012: NO RELIEF RALLY ON GREEK VOTE
Borrowing costs in Spain and Italy reminded investors that the troubles facing the euro zone were far from resolved. On Wall Street, stocks were flat and Treasury bonds were steady. ... more info

16 Jun 2012: YOUR MONEY: YOUR TARGET-DATE FUND MAY BE RISKIER THAN YOU KNOW
Not all target-date funds are the same. Some are heavily into stocks, while others are more conservative and mainly in bonds.

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15 Jun 2012: U.S. TREASURYS BOOSTED BY STIMULUS HOPES
Treasury bonds rose along with U.S. stocks, and the unusual synchronization signaled rising hopes that major central banks would rise to the rescue to cope with any fallout from Sunday's Greek elections. ... more info

15 Jun 2012: WILL 'JUNK' MUNIS BITE BACK?
So-called junk municipal bonds have been on a tear lately, but investors may not be getting enough yield to justify their risks. Here's what to consider. ... more info

15 Jun 2012: HARD FOR SPAIN TO SHARE PAIN WITH BANK BONDHOLDERS
The high level of ordinary Spaniards owning bonds in the country's banks will make it politically difficult to impose losses on debt-holders after a bailout of the banks, meaning the government and its ... ... more info

14 Jun 2012: VIDEO: BONDS ARE NOT DEAD, EVEN AS YIELDS ARE LOW
Deflation, not inflation, is a pressing concern for the global economy, according to Michael Fredericks of BlackRock Multi-Asset Income Fund, who says Treasury yields should stay low and investors should consider high-yield corporate bonds and high-quality, dividend-paying stocks. Jonathan Burton reports.
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14 Jun 2012: TREASURY SELLS 30-YEAR BONDS AT A RECORD LOW YIELD
The government borrowing 30-year money from investors at the lowest rate on record.The Treasury Department auctioned 30-year bonds Thursday at a yield of 2.72 percent, the lowest rate ever for a sale of ... ... more info

14 Jun 2012: ROBERT POWELL'S YOUR PORTFOLIO: 5 ETFS FOR AN EFFICIENT-INCOME PORTFOLIO
If you’re looking for income these days it might be time to dump your classic 60% stocks and 40% bonds portfolio in favor of one that produces what researchers at Morningstar call an efficient-income portfolio.
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14 Jun 2012: U.S. FUTURES WAVER
U.S. stock futures seesawed after Spanish bonds yields rose to a euro-era high and the number of Americans filing for jobless benefits rose more than expected. ... more info

14 Jun 2012: ITALIAN YIELDS ON 3-YEAR BONDS SKYROCKET
Italy's borrowing costs on its three-year bonds skyrocketed to their highest level since December, as concerns about Spain and the state of Europe's economy continued to pummel Italy's finances.In a bond ... ... more info

14 Jun 2012: SPAIN BOND YIELDS SOAR AFTER LATEST DOWNGRADE
The yield on Spanish 10-year bonds shot up to a record 6.86 percent after a credit ratings agency downgraded the country's debt rating to just one notch above junk status.The interest rate demanded by ... ... more info

14 Jun 2012: BUNDESBANK MULLS AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS
Germany's Bundesbank might add Australian dollar assets such as bonds to its foreign-currency holdings. Such a move would reaffirm Australia's emerging status as a safe haven, bankers say. ... more info

14 Jun 2012: ROBERT POWELL'S YOUR PORTFOLIO: 5 ETFS FOR AN INCOME-EFFICIENT PORTFOLIO
If you’re looking for income these days it might be time to dump your classic 60% stocks and 40% bonds portfolio in favor of one that produces what researchers at Morningstar call an efficient-income portfolio.
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13 Jun 2012: GERMAN BANK WEIGHS BUYING AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS
Germany's Bundesbank might add Australian dollar assets such as bonds to its foreign currency holdings. Such a move reaffirm Australia's emerging status as a safe haven, bankers say. ... more info

13 Jun 2012: TREASURY SELLS 10-YEAR NOTES AT A RECORD LOW YIELD
U.S. government bond prices rose Wednesday after the Treasury auctioned 10-year debt at a record low yield.Demand for safe investments like U.S. government bonds has increased because of continued nervousness ... ... more info

13 Jun 2012: EURO ZONE WEIGHS ON SHARES, EURO AND EVEN GERMAN DEBT
European shares edged lower and the euro flatlined but yields on safe-haven German bonds rose on Wednesday as worries about contagion from Spain's banking crisis and this weekend's critical Greek elections ... ... more info

13 Jun 2012: ITALIAN YIELDS SKYROCKET ON 12-MONTH BOND AUCTION
Italian yields on 12-month bonds skyrocketed to near December levels, wiping out the benefits of Premier Mario Monti's nearly seven-month government as Spanish contagion spreads.Italy paid 3.972 percent ... ... more info

13 Jun 2012: SHARES, EURO CAPPED BY EURO ZONE WORRIES
European shares inched down, yields on safe-haven German bonds rose and the euro flatlined on Wednesday as worries about contagion from Spain's banking crisis and this weekend's critical Greek elections ... ... more info

13 Jun 2012: EX-BOJ MUTO: INCREASE JGB PURCHASES
Buying government bonds with longer maturities should be an option for the Bank of Japan if the European debt crisis worsens said a former deputy governor seen as a potential candidate to take the reins at the central bank. ... more info

12 Jun 2012: YIELDS LEAP ON SPANISH, ITALIAN BONDS
An ominous rise in Spanish government bond yields fanned speculation that the country might need a bailout of its own, while Italian bond yields leapt ahead of a crucial bond sale. ... more info

12 Jun 2012: BOLD INVESTORS SEE EURO-ZONE CHANCE
The co-manager of the $21 billion Loomis Sayles Bond fund has been rushing headfirst into what many believe is an investing danger zone, buying millions of dollars worth of bonds issued by Spanish companies, with some yielding as high as 7.3%. ... more info

11 Jun 2012: SPAIN'S BAILOUT BOOST TURNS TO BOND ROUT
Investors fled from Spanish government debt on Monday, an immediate rejection of the country's planned bank bailout by the constituency it most desperately needs to impress: the buyers of its own government bonds. ... more info

10 Jun 2012: BEARISH ETF DRINKS UP BAD NEWS
AdvisorShares Active Bear ETF differs from other ETFs in that it actively manage positions and only makes negative bets on stocks and bonds. The strategy is so uncommon that fund-research group Morningstar Inc. believes it is the world's lone actively managed "short-only" ETF. ... more info

9 Jun 2012: FAIR GAME: BANKS COULD RETURN A FAVOR TO GOVERNMENTS - FAIR GAME
State and local governments looking to refinance bonds are stuck in Wall Street swap deals with high interest rates — so why not save some public money? ... more info

9 Jun 2012: EUROPE WORKS ON NEW EURO ZONE BOND PLAN: REPORT
German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that leaders of European institutions are working on a comprehensive plan to rescue the euro that would include the issuance of joint euro bonds ... more info

8 Jun 2012: INVESTMENT PROTECTION FROM EUROPE'S MISERY
Europe, a thundercloud over financial markets for three years, might burst this month into a downpour. For investors who want to stay dry, some shelters look sturdier than others.Junk bonds, companies ... more info

8 Jun 2012: EURO-ZONE OFFICIALS EXPLORE WAYS TO HELP SPAIN
Euro-zone governments were running through their crisis toolbox to find the best way to support Spain and its ailing banking sector, as investors continued dumping the country's bonds. ... more info

8 Jun 2012: ANALYSIS: EUROPE'S TALE OF TWO CITIES
It is a tale of two cities: Paris and Madrid. In a bond auction Thursday, France sold 50-year paper and paid investors an average 3.27% interest rate. Despite an improvement in sentiment in recent days, Spain had to pay nearly double to sell bonds that mature much earlier. ... more info

8 Jun 2012: HIGH & LOW FINANCE: MF GLOBAL CASE EXPOSES WEAKNESS IN ACCOUNTING RULES
Trustees trying to unravel what happened at MF Global have focused on one technique, allowed under current accounting rules, that allowed the firm to buy bonds and book immediate profits. ... more info

7 Jun 2012: MADRID LEANS ON ITS TROUBLED BANKS TO BUY ITS BONDS
Economists warn that over the long term, Spain will have trouble meeting its substantial financial requirements until foreign investors inject new money. ... more info

7 Jun 2012: EURO WATCH: SPANISH BOND AUCTION SUCCEEDS UNDER INTENSE SCRUTINY
The Spanish Treasury auctioned 2.1 billion euros of bonds, slightly more than planned, with the benchmark 10-year bonds priced to yield 6.04 percent. ... more info

6 Jun 2012: TOP 5 ZACKS #1 RANKED HIGH YIELD MUTUAL FUNDS
For the average investor, high yield mutual funds are the best method to invest in bonds rated below investment grade, popularly known as junk bonds. ... more info

6 Jun 2012: WEAK RUPEE HITS FOREIGN INVESTORS IN INDIA BONDS
The Indian rupee's sharp depreciation has added to the woes of Indian companies that are scrambling to repay foreign-currency bonds and it is increasing the likelihood that foreign investors will be left out of pocket. ... more info

4 Jun 2012: SAVINGS BONDS OR 529 FOR KID'S COLLEGE FUND?
Dear Dr. Don,Is there any way to get a paper copy of a Series I saving bond that you now have to purchase online? Also, when saving for college, is it a better investment to buy Series I savings bonds ... more info

3 Jun 2012: GERMANY SIGNALS SHIFT ON CRISIS
Germany is sending signals that it would eventually be willing to lift its objections to ideas such as common euro-zone bonds if other European governments were to agree to transfer further powers to Europe. ... more info

3 Jun 2012: GERMANY GIVES GROUND ON CRISIS PLAN
Germany is sending strong signals that it would eventually be willing to back ideas such as joint European bonds or a banking union if European leaders are willing to give up more sovereignty and transfer significant powers over national budgets to Europe. ... more info

3 Jun 2012: INVESTORS SEEK ALTERNATIVES TO BOND HAVENS
With the costs of hiding out in U.S. government bonds at their highest ever, investors are on the hunt for other ways to protect their money. ... more info

1 Jun 2012: GOVERNMENT-BOND YIELDS SINK TO RECORD LOWS
Yields on government bonds perceived as safe, from the U.S. to Germany to the U.K., plunged to record lows, as weak economic data exacerbated concerns over the fate and composition of the euro zone. ... more info

1 Jun 2012: INVESTORS SNAP UP BONDS ON ECONOMIC FEARS
Yields on U.S. and European debt fell to record lows on Friday and stock markets plunged after a weak U.S. jobs report aggravated fear of a global slump and sent investors scurrying for safety. ... more info

1 Jun 2012: GOVERNMENT-BOND YIELDS PLUMB LOWS
Yields on government bonds perceived as safe, from the U.S. to Germany to the U.K., plunged to record lows, as weak economic data exacerbated concerns over the fate and composition of the euro zone. ... more info

1 Jun 2012: GERMANY PAID TO WATCH MONEY
Yields on ultrasafe government bonds from U.S. Treasurys to German Bunds plunged to record lows, turning two-year German yields negative, as weak economic data exacerbated mounting concerns over the fate and composition of the euro zone. ... more info

31 May 2012: ZOELLICK URGES EURO BONDS
The world economy will face risks for years because of persistent troubles in Europe and broader uncertainty, and euro-zone nations need to take larger leaps in policy, said departing World Bank President Zoellick. ... more info

31 May 2012: STOCKS AND BONDS : SHARES TUMBLE AS YIELD ON 10-YEAR NOTE HITS NEW LOW
The key market indexes on Wall Street fell more than 1 percent, and the demand for safe investments pushed the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to 1.62 percent. ... more info

31 May 2012: U.S. BONDS EDGE HIGHER IN ASIA ON EUROPE FEARS
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31 May 2012: EUROPE WOES IGNITE SELLOFF
Fears Spain can't save its troubled banks sparked a selloff in Spanish government bonds Wednesday and prompted a broad decline in stock markets and the euro. ... more info

30 May 2012: WORLD BANK CHIEF URGES EURO BONDS
The world economy will face risks for years because of persistent troubles in Europe and broader uncertainty, and euro-zone nations need to take larger leaps in policy, World Bank President Robert Zoellick. ... more info

30 May 2012: BUCKS BLOG: HELP IN BUYING DIGITAL SAVINGS BONDS
The Treasury Department has developed tools to help people navigate the world of digital savings bonds.

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30 May 2012: SPANISH YIELDS SOAR; GERMANY AT NEW RECORD LOW
Yields on Spanish 10-year bonds moved closer to 7% and those on Italy topped 6%, amid growing fears over the cost of propping up Spain's fragile banking sector and a disappointing Italian bond auction. German yields tumbled. ... more info

29 May 2012: BOND PRICES FIRM ON SPANISH BANK WORRIES
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29 May 2012: SPAIN UNDER PRESSURE; BUNDS HIT HIGHS ON BANK PLAN
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29 May 2012: BANK BAILOUT HITS SPANISH BONDS
Spain's prime minister called for the EU to act to calm markets as concerns about Spain's fiscal gaps and banks sent its borrowing costs to a record high. ... more info

28 May 2012: ANALYSIS: PUERTO RICO BETS ON AMERICAN TOURISTS TO REPAY DEBT
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28 May 2012: SPANISH BANK BAILOUT HITS BONDS
Concerns about Spain's ability to shore up fiscal gaps and overhaul an ailing banking system sent Spanish borrowing costs to a record high, prompting a new call from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the EU to take action to calm market turmoil. ... more info

28 May 2012: SPANISH BANK BAILOUT HITS BONDS
Concerns about Spain's ability to shore up fiscal gaps and overhaul an ailing banking system sent Spanish borrowing costs to a record high, prompting a new call from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the EU to take action to calm market turmoil. ... more info

28 May 2012: ANALYSIS: INDIAN RUPEE SLUMP COSTLY FOR $5.5 BILLION IN CONVERTIBLE BONDS
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28 May 2012: AS EURO BOND WINS SUPPORTERS, DETAILS REMAIN VAGUE
Europeans are deeply divided over the question of whether euro zone countries should create common bonds to reduce borrowing costs for members that have trouble getting affordable credit. ... more info

27 May 2012: IN EURO ZONE, A DEBATE OVER BONDS
Europeans are deeply divided over the question of whether euro zone countries should create common bonds to reduce borrowing costs for members that have trouble getting affordable credit. ... more info

27 May 2012: SPAIN MAY RECAPITALIZE BANKIA WITH GOVERNMENT DEBT: SOURCE
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25 May 2012: TREASURY YIELDS DIP AS FOCUS SHIFTS TO SPAIN
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24 May 2012: UTX COMPLETES BIGGEST DEBT OFFERING SINCE '09
United Technologies Corp. sold $9.8 billion in bonds, the biggest corporate-debt offering in three years, to help finance its takeover of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. ... more info

24 May 2012: HOUSE KILLS BOND ISSUE FOR OKLA. CAPITOL REPAIRS
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24 May 2012: WEAKER EURO ZONE ECONOMY SENDS DOLLAR HIGHER
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24 May 2012: EURO SINKS FURTHER AMID SEARCH FOR SOLUTION TO CRISIS
European Union leaders on Thursday remained divided over whether to issue joint euro bonds, a disagreement that analysts said is weighing on markets. ... more info

23 May 2012: YIELDS ON GERMAN, DUTCH BONDS FALL TO RECORD LOWS
Yields on haven government bonds fell to record lows Wednesday, as investors piled money into triple-A-rated debt amid mounting worries that Greece may exit the euro zone. ... more info

23 May 2012: SEARCHING FOR YIELD IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
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23 May 2012: MCDONALD'S PLANS $750 MILLION BOND ISSUE AFTER RECORD-LOW COUPON
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23 May 2012: FOREIGN INVESTORS LIKELY TO KEEP DUMPING ITALY, SPAIN DEBT: FITCH
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23 May 2012: ANALYSIS: ARE BRITISH BONDS A RISKIER BET THAN THEY LOOK?
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23 May 2012: FRANCE TO PRESS FOR NEW ROAD MAP
France will use an informal summit of European leaders to propose that euro-zone members start working on a new architecture of the bloc that would eventually allow for joint-debt issuance—the so-called euro-zone bonds. ... more info

23 May 2012: PRESSURE GROWS ON GERMANY OVER EURO BONDS
A renewed call for European bonds backed by the bloc is growing, but Germany said Tuesday that there was no way it would bend on collective debt. ... more info

22 May 2012: GERMANY'S BOND OFFER UNDERLINES SAFETY RUSH
Germany will for the first time sell two-year bonds that won't make scheduled interest-rate payments, underscoring the safe-haven appeal of German debt amid jitters about the euro zone. ... more info

22 May 2012: GERMANY'S BOND OFFER UNDERLINES SAFETY RUSH
Germany will for the first time sell two-year bonds that won't make scheduled interest-rate payments, underscoring the safe-haven appeal of German debt amid jitters about the euro zone. ... more info

22 May 2012: CAMPAIGN FOR JOINT EURO BONDS GATHERS PACE
IMF chief Christine Lagarde called on euro-zone governments to accept more common liability for each other's debts, after the OECD backed joint bond issuance for the first time. ... more info

22 May 2012: GERMANY TO SELL INTEREST-FREE BONDS
Germany will for the first time sell two-year bonds that won't make scheduled interest rate payments, a ringing endorsement of the safe appeal of German debt and a reflection of increased market nervousness over the composition and direction of the euro zone. ... more info

22 May 2012: CAMPAIGN FOR JOINT EURO BONDS GATHERS PACE
IMF chief Christine Lagarde called on euro-zone governments to accept more common liability for each other's debts, after the OECD backed joint bond issuance for the first time. ... more info

22 May 2012: GERMANY TO SELL INTEREST-FREE BONDS
Germany will for the first time sell two-year bonds that won't make scheduled interest rate payments, a ringing endorsement of the safe appeal of German debt and a reflection of increased market nervousness over the composition and direction of the euro zone. ... more info

22 May 2012: HOLLANDE TO PRESS GERMANY ON EURO BONDS
At a meeting on Wednesday with European leaders, President Franois Hollande of France will press the issue of euro bonds, which some officials consider a step too far. ... more info

22 May 2012: FRANCE, GERMANY JOUST OVER EURO BONDS
EU leaders headed for a potential showdown this week after France and Germany appeared no closer to a compromise on reviving euro-zone growth. ... more info

21 May 2012: BANK OF AMERICA CEO "COMFORTABLE" WITH BANK'S INVESTMENTS
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21 May 2012: BANK OF AMERICA CEO "COMFORTABLE" WITH BANK'S INVESTMENTS
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21 May 2012: GROWTH DILEMMA WEIGHS ON G-8
Pressure mounted on Germany to soften its opposition to growth-promotion efforts at the G-8 summit, as momentum gathered for an idea that Berlin has long resisted—the issuing of common bonds by euro-zone governments. ... more info

20 May 2012: GROWTH DILEMMA DOGS G-8
Pressure mounted on Germany to soften its opposition to growth-promotion efforts at the G-8 summit, as momentum gathered for an idea that Berlin has long resisted—the issuing of common bonds by euro-zone governments. ... more info

19 May 2012: STRATEGIES: FACEBOOK’S SWINGS ARE HO-HUM TO A NOBEL LAUREATE
To Harry Markowitz, the father of modern portfolio theory, the Facebook stock hubbub is a yawn. He’d rather focus on a rigorously diversified mix of stocks and bonds.

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19 May 2012: STRATEGIES: FACEBOOK’S SWINGS ARE HO-HUM TO A NOBEL LAUREATE
To Harry Markowitz, the father of modern portfolio theory, the Facebook stock hubbub is a yawn. He’d rather focus on a rigorously diversified mix of stocks and bonds. ... more info

18 May 2012: TREASURYS REBOUND FROM EARLIER LOSSES
Treasury bonds fizzled and then returned to a sizzle Friday, leaving the prospects open for the benchmark 10-year note's yield to set new record lows. ... more info

18 May 2012: MOODY'S REVISES MAINE BOD OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
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18 May 2012: YIELDS SINK ON HAVEN BONDS
Nervous investors piled into haven bonds, pushing short-term German yields close to zero, as a raft of Spanish bank downgrades further jolted sentiment already weakened by fears of a Greek exit from the euro zone. ... more info

17 May 2012: TEN-YEAR TREASURY RATE SINKS NEAR ALL-TIME LOW
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17 May 2012: STOCKS SLUMP AGAIN; 10-YR YIELD NEAR ALL-TIME LOW
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17 May 2012: TEN-YEAR TREASURY RATE SINKS TO A NEW LOW
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17 May 2012: ANALYSIS: A CURIOUS CASE OF GERMAN RISK AND SAFETY
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17 May 2012: ANALYSIS: U.S. BOND BULLS NOT READY TO CALL OFF THE CHARGE
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16 May 2012: SPANISH 10-YEAR BOND YIELDS TOUCH 6.5% FOR FIRST TIME SINCE NOVEMBER, FT SAYS
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16 May 2012: SOLID DEMAND FOR GERMAN, FRENCH BONDS
Germany's borrowing costs fell to fresh lows at an auction as the prospect of new elections in Greece sparked an investor flight to safety. French yields also moved lower at its first debt sale since the election of a new president. ... more info

15 May 2012: BET ON GREEK BONDS PAID OFF FOR ‘VULTURE FUND’
When Greece agreed to pay bondholders who rejected a restructuring, most of the money went to a secretive investment fund based in the Cayman Islands. ... more info

15 May 2012: GREEK WORRIES KEEP TREASURYS YIELDS NEAR LOWS
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15 May 2012: FOREIGNERS BOOST BUYS OF LONG-TERM U.S. SECURITIES: TREASURY
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15 May 2012: CONTAGION FEARS HIT MARKETS
Investors battered European stocks and dumped bonds after the collapse of weekend coalition talks in Greece edged the country closer to an exit from the euro zone. ... more info

15 May 2012: CHINA EASES INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS FOR INSURERS
China's insurance regulator will allow insurers to invest in a wider range of corporate bonds and relax limits on equity and real estate investment, granting them greater freedom to seek higher returns ... ... more info

13 May 2012: STRATEGIES: INVESTORS’ FLIGHTS TO SAFETY CAN’T HIDE THE DANGER
Amid more economic upheaval in Europe, investors have again turned to havens like Treasury bonds. But how long can the patterns repeat? ... more info

13 May 2012: CREDIT CONDITIONS IMPROVING IN U.S., FED CHAIRMAN SAYS
Companies are selling bonds at low interest rates and people with strong credit have ready access to credit card and auto loans, Ben S. Bernanke, said. ... more info

10 May 2012: : FUND MANAGERS FEAR VOLCKER RULE IMPACT ON BONDS
Fund managers on Wednesday expressed concern that the multi-trillion-dollar bond market has already become less liquid lately and the Volcker rule which seeks to limit big bank speculative trading will hike costs and hurt liquidity in bond funds even more. ... more info

10 May 2012: CITIES STRUGGLE IN RENTAL GAME
Fewer weddings and fried-fish dinners doesn't bode well for muni bonds backed by rental payments on government facilities, which are defaulting at a high rate. ... more info

9 May 2012: FOR MUNI BONDS, LESS ASSURANCE
The last remaining insurer of new municipal-bond issues is bracing for a fall that could bring its industry to a new low and possibly increase borrowing costs for some small local governments. ... more info

9 May 2012: SPANISH BOND YIELDS SPIKE AS BANK REFORM AWAITED
The pressure on Spain's bonds has ratcheted up as investors fret over the fallout from Greece's political crisis and await details of the Spanish government's latest plan to shore up the banking sector.The ... ... more info

8 May 2012: TREASURY YIELDS SINK AS TURMOIL DEEPENS IN GREECE
Rattled investors took refuge in U.S. government bonds after stock markets dropped around the world.Investors were alarmed by the deepening political turmoil in Greece, which threatens to undermine that ... more info



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