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Money can’t be this cheap forever. In other words, one of the most likely scenarios the US economy faces is rising interest rates. The current low-interest-rate climate is simply unsustainable. At some point—as it always does—the trend will turn around. We want to be prepared for that turn, and the…
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Low all-in gold cash costs are a good thing, says London-based GMP Securities Analyst Filipe Martins, but they don't tell the whole story. In this interview with The Mining Report, Martins argues that the best companies are those with strong free cash flow yields and a view to return cash…
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It might as well be July in San Francisco. There’s fog about why any investor would want to hold convertible bonds in her portfolio, and I’m here to clear that fog away. Their yields aren’t high, their credit ratings often look shaky, and the bonds themselves are quite hard to…
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Interest rates in the U.S. have been near-zero since the financial crisis of 2009. Treasury yields are also hovering around 2.4%. Earlier this week, the benchmark 10-year yield fell to 2.36%. Yields on 30-year bonds, meanwhile, dropped to the lowest level in 15 months. In addition, interest rates are not…
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Interest rate levels have been confounding many professional investors around the globe. U.S. government benchmark 10-year interest rates began 2014 near 3.00 percent, but they have been sliding back to about 2.40 percent recently. The rally in bond markets and corresponding declines in yields are even more pronounced in Europe,…
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The 10-year Treasury Note futures have been trading sideways between 122^00 and 128^00 for more than a year as everyone waits around for the “BANG!” moment that our government quits manipulating interest rates to artificially low levels. Meanwhile, commercial traders have been quietly buying the dips and selling the rallies,…
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The new book titled #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso—reformed petty thief and CEO of a $100 million online clothing store—is the latest “live and work as I do if you want to succeed” book from a string of brand-building female executives. Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg has women “leaning in,” while…
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When I was 20 years old, I sat through my first day of a business law course at Northwestern University. The professor began by writing two words on the blackboard (in the prehistoric days of blackboards and chalk): Caveat emptor. He raised his voice and said, “Let the buyer beware!”…
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The interest rate markets have traded more or less sideways for the last year. The markets show true indecision with regards to the medium and long-term interest rate outlook. We’ve seen this in lower overall open interest levels, smaller commercial trader positions and a long bond futures market that seems…
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The European Central Bank (ECB) was widely expected to cut their lending rates at the June 5th meeting. There are a couple of really interesting precedents setting up. First of all, the ECB was expected to not only cut their discount rate but also the deposit rates paid to banks who…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Managing Director of US Equity Strategy for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market. For more from S&P Capital IQ, be sure to visit www.getmarketscope.com. EQ: Markets usually like to rise into the holidays, and heading into Memorial Day weekend, the…
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Riddle me this: Why would anyone ever buy junk bonds or a junk bond fund? Before we get to the answer, I would like to point something out that seems to be a given, but that astonishingly few investors think about: bonds are debt instruments, so investing in bonds means…
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