Bondhead News Archive

June 1 – June 15

 

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 06/15

Short-sellers prepare for bearish retreat

PA: Legislators driving on your dime

Aging population makes this deficit scarier

Preview: Data key as Fed rate decision looms

Deflation may make cuts easier at Chrysler

Surprised investors find variable annuities dwindling

Economists: 'Stars Aligned' for Recovery

Lingering Losses on Bonds Are Haunting Insurers reg

Rate cut could hurt money funds

What if Fund Yields Fall Below Zero?

Fund industry profits may nearly halve, survey says

New tax cuts may trigger a formula to owe more

Deflation is no bargain

Experts Weigh in on Prospects for Economy

Bush's 'economic stimulus' means tax giveaways, lost jobs

Bond fund holders could take a tax hit

Will Freddie Mac woes hurt home buying?

Where there are frills, there are ways

Chips' big chill

Freddie Mac needs to 'fess up

Benefits of vacation homes are iffy

Falling rates have a downside for money-market funds

Turmoil dwells at Freddie Mac

UK: Shopping boom signals end to interest rate reductions

The Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae Saga: Follow The Money

'Real' unemployment higher than official estimates

Euro: 'when, not if' say Brown and Blair

Corporate Bonds Not Always Good Deal

Pensions threaten growth, profits

Out of work persists as U.S. refrain

In the Shadow of Freddie Mac reg

 06/14

Oregon still national leader for joblessness

Wall Street seems sold on new rate cut; Fed might have to deliver

Are There Cracks In Freddie's Foundation?

WI: Rates put revenue bonds on top shelf

Struggling department store chains try to go home again

CA: One analyst says 'bubble' unlikely

Don't convince yourself you know the unknowable

Top brands ride out tide of anti-Americanism

Greenspan: Never too early to learn

Mortgage firm woes not affecting buyers reg

Greens OK Effort to Boost German Economy

Job Cutbacks Accelerating in California

The Gold Coast of California

L.A. Home Prices Soar in May

Doling out dollars for dear ol' dad

Freddie Mac's derivative investments raise concerns

Birth of a trillion-dollar industry

Freddie Who?

Optimism flows everywhere but the executive suite

The Dollar’s Last Days

Gloomy reports send dollar lower

 06/13

What Tax Cut? You're Paying More

American security worries could hurt vital Canada-U.S. trade

As all 50 states craft budget plans, few citizens likely to escape higher taxes

Oil prices slide lower

Trade ministers agree to go home

Germany's euro test

Staying ahead of deflation is key-Fed's Broaddus

State Revenues Hit By Bush Tax Bill

Taxed to the max: Many states can't get by on spending cuts alone

Calif. budget talks on hold as deadline looms

Freddie Mac Gives U.S. a Case of Nerves reg

Moody's Cuts GM's Long-Term Debt Rating

Anger as ousted Freddie Mac chairman gets $37m payout

WA: Economic forecast contains more bad news

U.S. jobless total hits 20-year high

Snow: No Secrets at Freddie & Fannie

Freddie Mac raises fears of another 'cookie-jar' case

Deadbeat Democrats

Canadian dollar at 6˝-year high

Argentina's Creditors to Become Shareholders?

CA: Refi mania means jobs

Europe and US in new trade row

Bonds swing higher; dollar weakens

Mexico repaying last loans from '82 crisis

Bonds rise on support from central banks

Fed adds $1.5 bln reserves via over-weekend repo

Treasury bulls get bold as consumers turn timorous

Fed Is Creating Golden Opportunity

U.S. June Univ. of Michigan Sentiment Index Declines

Reversal of Fortune

London's finance hub 'over the worst'

Freddie and Fannie

Why Freddie's Mess Matters

Sovereign Bonds: The Door Is Open Again

N.Y. Fed Contemplates Migration To Swift Standard

Californians May Give Up Their True Love, S.U.V.'s reg

MD: Housing sales still hot around area

Arizona's recovery inching along, financial indicator says

Some Bond Buyers Avoiding California reg

US muni bond funds see $337 mln weekly inflows

U.S. junk bond funds pull in $1.33 billion in week

Mortgage rates slip to new lows

Looking like Japan?

US trade deficit shrinks to 13-month low

TX: New vehicle sales hit brakes

State unemployment data weigh on dollar

Euro bank cuts forecast to the bone

 

06/12

06/11

06/10

U.S. millionaires see assets shrink

Don't Ditch Your Muni Fund

Short memories, deep pockets

Extinction of the car giants

Help Wanted: NY Fed Chief

New power crunch foreseen

High-Yield Bond Rally May Wane, Analysts Fridson, Garman Say

U.S. mortgage rates unaffected by Freddie Mac ... so far

Wave of strikes over pension changes brings much of France to a halt

U.S. swap spreads widen, keep eye on Freddie Mac

Canadian gas production can't keep up with U.S. demand

Gas pains

Inflation-linked bonds seen ripe for revival

U.S. States Face Record Deficits, Boost Taxes as Bush Cuts Them

The Party of Spending and Deficits Is ... the GOP

Low mortgage rates keep Calif. homes affordable

Fed gives the economy a D

Blair says early euro poll 'possible'

GE To Sell Insurance Unit For $2B

Labor shortages worry Web site chief

Debate is about Medicare's future

Freddie Mac Shares Plummet to Lowest Level Since 2000

Ex-Freddie Mac CEO gets $24 mln package

Financial con artists reaped $35 million in state over last year

Mortgage Rates Continue Slide, Refinancing Surge Likely

Chorus that Fed may cut rates nears crescendo

Bonds, bond funds share a name, but not much else reg

Freddie Mac woes increase

The Beige Book

Canada: Troubled pensions tally grows

SC: Region struggles with health costs

Rate cut expectations weigh on dollar

Canada: Optimism about economy declining

Number of millionaires drops in U.S., Canada

US Corp Bonds-Spreads wider despite rising stocks

New tax law has no loophole for bond funds

Investors cache bonds; loans hit new lows

Dallas Fed's McTeer sees Q2 US growth around 2 pct

U.S. Treasuries soar on Freddie woes, faith in Fed

Fannie and Freddie's negative surprise

Fat Freddie fidgets, fires and finally fudges

Hill analysts now see record deficit surpassing $400 billion this year

Dollar in thin ranges, support from intervention talk

Fed Says U.S. Expanded at `Subpar' Rate in April, May

Kohn says Fed would rather not use special tools

US Treasuries succumb to profit-taking, eyes on Fed

PA: Area lenders shrug off Freddie Mac's troubles

Dollar up as speeches provide market focus

Junk bonds too pricey after rally, expert says

Fed Reports Increased Economic Activity

United investors to lose stock value

Traders predict Fed rate cut

FACTBOX - Freddie Mac, No. 2 U.S. mortgage giant

NJ: State floats tobacco bonds to help fund budget

Here come the 'Duppies'

Dollar weathering news of Freddie Mac probe

Santomero Says FOMC Should Consider Inflation Target

The mortgage frenzy

Bankrupt Air Canada 'real possibility'

U.S.'s Snow urges Japan reform, sees U.S. growth

Fannie Mae sells $2 bln 3-yr callables

FL: CEOs: Economy key issue in '04

TN: Low interest rates keep driving up local home sales

Fed adds reserves via 28-day and overnight RPs

Convertible Fund Managers Shunning New Issues

Brazil Sells $1.25 Bln of Bonds as Confidence Grows

U.S. corporate bond new issues

Soft Dollar Regs Could Squeeze Funds' Bottom Lines

Lawmakers hit Freddie Mac parachutes

U.S. Housing/Mortgage-Backed Securities Data Calendar

ECB's Duisenberg Says It's `Too Early' to Discuss More Interest Rate Cuts

Pimco sees corporate bond rally fading

Earnings Warnings Will Bring Market To A Rocky Spot

U.S. mortgage spreads towed wider by agency woes

The new, new bubble

Criminal Inquiry Hammers Freddie

Fed's Bies again warns on lax corporate governance

What Fiscal Discipline?

Snow makes spirited defence of US deficit

UK: Jobless leap as weakness hits

Rate on 6-month T-bills falls to 0.980%

U.S. business inventories rise in April

UK jobless total jumps

Firing Fuels Doubts on Derivatives

The Feds Pile On Freddie Mac

World on the move

Countrywide in profit warning over house sales

Duisenberg comments support eurozone bonds

What's So Bad About Disappointment From Fed?

Freddie Mac Attack

How Long Will Greenspan's Cuts Boost Asia?

OPEC unlikely to change oil output

Experts: Housing Bubble Threatened

'Classic bull market mentality'

WTO talks move slowly

Citi Board the Worst, Study Says

New Cost-Savings Plan: Replace Well-Paid Workers

Turmoil at Freddie Mac is creating ripples

UBS Starts Up Asset-Based Lending Group

Oil Prices Surge on Short Supplies

Derivatives: Corporate Financial Leverage Wrapped in Enigma reg

Regarding Freddie

ECB chief's comments pump up the euro

Treasury Notes Rise as Fed Keeps Focus on Slowing Inflation

Dollar edges up ahead of Snow and Fed speeches

Japan to Spend $16.5 Billion to Save Bank reg

Freddie Mac is Under U.S. Criminal and SEC Investigations

Aging is a constant; circumstances aren't

06/12

TX: Home resales sag despite low rates

Brown decides: positively maybe

U.S. millionaires see assets shrink

Pop goes the housing market?

CT: We Still Have The Bucks - We Just Need More Energy

Extinction of the car giants

Lawmakers See Slim Chance of Meeting Budget Deadline

Alan Greenspan's Balancing Act reg

High-Yield Bond Rally May Wane, Analysts Fridson, Garman Say

Freddy Macro Economics

Freddie Probe may revive bill for registering housing – agency debt

U.S. swap spreads widen, keep eye on Freddie Mac

Long-dated UK yields struggle amid pension fears

US mortgage firm scandal sends jolt through markets

Inflation-linked bonds seen ripe for revival

Deficit raising concerns

OPEC Seeks Support for Cutback

Low mortgage rates keep Calif. homes affordable

UK: Digging for victory?

In U.K., only a euro road map

GE To Sell Insurance Unit For $2B

Mortgage Giants Stir Congress

Dollar mixed on Freddie Mac concerns

Freddie Mac Shares Plummet to Lowest Level Since 2000

Japan's Central Bank to Buy Securities

 

Mortgage Rates Continue Slide, Refinancing Surge Likely

Tax-free municipals look good to analysts

06/08

Freddie Mac woes increase

Greenspan's rate-cut dilemma

Watching for Bubbles That May Yet Burst reg

SC: Region struggles with health costs

Weak dollar pumps up profit for European retailers

US banks' holdings of derivatives climb

Number of millionaires drops in U.S., Canada

 

Deflation holds unknown perils for the Fed

Investors cache bonds; loans hit new lows

06/09

ME: Housing: economic engine, but needs steering

Fannie and Freddie's negative surprise

Three generations of economic reality one result

US faces critical gas shortage over summer

Dollar in thin ranges, support from intervention talk

The unbearable expense of global dominance

The Eisenhower 50’s – now those were the days

US Treasuries succumb to profit-taking, eyes on Fed

Getting Real With High-Risk Lending

Seeking Returns at Europe's Fringes

Junk bonds too pricey after rally, expert says

Feds warn of virus targeting bank computers

Job picture bleak despite signs of life in US economy

Traders predict Fed rate cut

If Greenspan Wins, Bond Investors Lose

FL: Retailers count on hot summer sales

Here come the 'Duppies'

Two bond agencies may cut some Freddie Mac ratings

Day Traders: Fewer, Smarter, Capitalized

The mortgage frenzy

Fed Deflation Fighting Tools May Not Work

Britain will only join euro if 'conditions are right', treasury chief says

Fannie Mae sells $2 bln 3-yr callables

Rise in consumer confidence seen boosting sales

Cash-Outs Let Homeowners Share the Wealth reg

Fed adds reserves via 28-day and overnight RPs

Investors with margin accounts may not get tax break

Re-Fi Boom, Low Rates Create Millionaires reg

U.S. corporate bond new issues

Bush blames interest-rate differences for dollar's slide

A stagnant outlook south of the border reg

U.S. Housing/Mortgage-Backed Securities Data Calendar

Bull market's footing may slip reg

Passages to open your eyes reg

Earnings Warnings Will Bring Market To A Rocky Spot

Mired in debt

Zero-Coupon Bonds and FSAs

Criminal Inquiry Hammers Freddie

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction

Interest Rate Cut Feeds the Bulls

Snow makes spirited defence of US deficit

U.S. workers vacationing less often in soft economy

U.K.'s Brown Plans Campaign to Reverse Anti-European Sentiment

U.S. business inventories rise in April

US Corp bonds-Spreads tighter, buyers chase yield

Stocks, bonds unequal in new tax plan

The Feds Pile On Freddie Mac

Treasuries Jump on Freddie Mac Brouhaha

Living on fixed income is getting even tougher

Duisenberg comments support eurozone bonds

Freddie Mac crisis rattles home builder stocks

IN: Bittersweet trend in retail

How Long Will Greenspan's Cuts Boost Asia?

CA: Officials say raising taxes is necessary

Cash-Outs Let Homeowners Share the Wealth reg

'Classic bull market mentality'

A Bond Maven Shops Abroad

As Many Turn Away, Junk Bonds Still Have an Appeal reg

New Cost-Savings Plan: Replace Well-Paid Workers

U.S. Treasuries soar on Freddie Mac shake-up

As prices fall, small businesses scramble

Oil Prices Surge on Short Supplies

Deciphering White House's mixed message on dollar

Treasury's Snow says tax cuts to boost US economy

ECB chief's comments pump up the euro

A copy of the letter sent to board members of Freddie Mac

This little rally just might hold

Japan to Spend $16.5 Billion to Save Bank reg

Brown signals gear change on Euro

UK: Does euro 'not yet' mean never?

06/12

Europe watches UK's euro decision

Brown ready to roll dice in the great euro game

U.S. millionaires see assets shrink

U.S. Treasuries Rise; Buyers Seek Safety on Freddie Mac Probe

 

Extinction of the car giants

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bill sale calendar

06/05

High-Yield Bond Rally May Wane, Analysts Fridson, Garman Say

UK: Gilts sharply higher on inflation speculation

Money for the market

U.S. swap spreads widen, keep eye on Freddie Mac

Don't count gains from weaker dollar just yet

Bill Gross joins Buffett in warning of derivatives

Inflation-linked bonds seen ripe for revival

The truth about taxes

The bane of the housing boom

Low mortgage rates keep Calif. homes affordable

City braced for 'No' on the euro

Why Wall Street needed to take down Martha

GE To Sell Insurance Unit For $2B

UK: Economy failing 'touchstone' test

Coin of the Realm

Freddie Mac Shares Plummet to Lowest Level Since 2000

Pound's biggest one-day crash

NYSE overhauls governance, will report Grasso pay

Mortgage Rates Continue Slide, Refinancing Surge Likely

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bill sale calendar

The Fed could be proud of the ECB's record

Freddie Mac woes increase

Don't count gains from weaker dollar just yet

Dodge says Canada and other major economies must improve global trade

SC: Region struggles with health costs

The truth about taxes

Commercial loan demand seen rising

06/07

Even Bond Whiz Bill Gross Is Puzzled

California recovery has an iffy look to it

Cities Shed Million Jobs in 2001-02

Our “Astronomical” Debt

Cleveland Fed Takes the Angst Out of Deflation

Retail Sales, Confidence Seen Higher: U.S. Economy Preview

U.K. Signals Time Isn't Right to Swap Pound for Euro

 NY: State bond rating drops; group gives budget `F'

Japan: As assets begin to shift overseas, investors latch on to bonds

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

CA: County's economy 'relatively flat'

U.S. Two-Year Treasury Note Surges on Optimism For a Rate Cut

Freddie Mac fires COO, names new management

Greenspan urges kids to stay in school and overcome their doubts

Trading Revenue Up Sharply at Banks reg

Freddie Mac Replaces Top 3 Officers amid probe into employee misconduct

Mortgage rates at another record low

KY: 5.7% in state remains better than U.S. overall

CA: Hot housing drives apartment prices

The last bad jobs report?

As Budgets Shrink, Cities See an Impact on Criminal Justice

Taxpayer, Beware!

New York Fed names Stewart as interim president

Buying Corporate Bonds Gets Easier

Britain: Euro Exchange Rates Aren't Ideal

Foreign direct investment in US lowest since 1994

Commodities: The bad-news 'buy'

U.S. corporate bond new issues

U.S. corporate bond new issues

CA: Gas price decline to continue, panel says

Freddie Mac Fires Its President and CEO

US Treasury to sell $36 bln bills Monday

06/04

UK: Why can’t Gordon see that he’s making us all worse off?

May sales rise, but not by much

Is it time to sell your bonds

Britain looks to ease sting of putting off euro

SK: Corporate Bond Issuance Plunges

Florida Auditor Says Bond Pools Benefit Wall Street

Growing List of Investors Predict Dollar to Rally Against Euro

Japan: IMF offers a solution to deflation

IL: State begins sale of at least $4 bil. in bonds

Purgatory for ailing air carriers

Canada: No savings? Then this mortgage is for you

Beware two sides of the coin of the dollar's rapid decline

06/03

CA: $275 million tab on state budget fix

California Deficit Drives Bond Yields to Highest of U.S. States

U.S. Swap spreads shrink a tad on debt sales

California Remains in Grip of Recession reg

Italians fear a poor old age

Rates fuel mortgage frenzy

U.S. Job Statistics Revamped reg

Greenspan Sees Faster Growth, But Not Yet

California shorted in benefits

Indonesia's boon: a falling dollar

Evidence Builds That Bond Market Is Bubbling

GM and Ford slash output amid tepid U.S. sales

CA: Housing permits soar as mortgage rates sag

$100k on a degree -- now what?

Adjusting Numbers To The Point Of Unreality

Dealing With Deflation reg

AZ: Analysts predict record year for home sales

Job-cut announcements plunge 53%

MA: Pension board eyes hedge funds

May Service Economy Expands for Second Month

U.S. Treasuries Rise as Greenspan Suggests a Fed Rate Reduction

Housing to be less of a savior in next US slowdown

Euro special: crunch time on tests

Bonds, dollar gain

What Unfunded Mandates?

Threat from Europe's grey army

Media ownership rules eased

CA: Home starts up by 27.2% in state

Group of Eight Meets and Lays Another Egg

Something's Got to Give

Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

Greenspan Is Keeping His Scissors Sharp

G8 leaders vague on global economic prospects

ECB cuts interest rates by 0.5%

Freddie Mac sells $2.5 bln 10-year callables

AZ: Money crosses the border, too

U.S. Treasury's Taylor sees no threat of deflation

Profits Set to Rise, Say Finance Chiefs

Greenspan predicts economic 'turnaround'

Better late than never

Passing on the buck

Should we worry about deflation?

Asian bond market vital for unity

Time for a cut

It’s the bond market, stupid!

U.S. Treasuries up on jobless rise, ECB rate cut

U.S. First-Qtr Productivity Rises at 1.9% Annual Rate

Dampened hopes?

An Unemployment Story Washington Won’t Release

Mortgage activity hits record

So, What Did Funds Learn in the Great Bear Market?

Dollar Extends Losses Versus Euro, Yen as Jobless Claims Surge

Europe's investors head east

Greenspan Sees U.S. Economic Pickup, Rates on Hold

Addicted to Options?

A Reverberating Proposition

CBOT May volume rises 50.4 percent, sets record

ECB Cuts Rate to 2%, Lowest in More Than Half Century

Countries balk at EU leniency toward France

Two-year Treasury yield breaks below Fed fund rate

 

Greenspan sees signs of 'stabilized' economy

How to find risk levels of fixed-income funds reg

06/01

Japan: Rate cut has little effect on bond demand

DIARY-Federal Reserve Events

Unemployed face longest searches in two decades

Is `Skyscraper Curse' Coming to South Korea?

Bonds drift higher

Homeowners taking out 10-year mortgages

Growth rate of housing prices slows

Fannie Mae sees record US mortgage creation in '03

The Short View Doesn’t Hold As Much Hope As Tomorrow

06/02

Homes Prices Still Rising, but More Slowly reg

New tax refunds: some key points

Can Stocks Defy Gravity?

Job forecast dreary in mountain states

ECB set to cut rates after euro appreciation

Canada: Core inflation losing its momentum

Bank of Canada holds rates as economy softens

New tax refunds: some key points

The cutting edge begins to look a little blunt

The ECB: Cut Soon, Cut Again

Full agenda confronts G-8 summiteers

Brokerages Focus Ad Dollars On The Affluent; Merrill, UBS Lead Pack

Dawn of Deflation in Germany?

Blinded by bullishness

Retirement Assets, Participant Satisfaction Declining

Japan's Dangerous Savings Drought

Junk Bonds May Have Overstayed Their Visit reg

U.S. swap spreads inch narrower after issuance

Eurozone rate cut momentum builds

If prices are falling, where are they?

Consensus at G-8 Meeting Is the Dollar Has Fallen Enough reg

Testing Raffarin's resolve

All hail the conquering euro

FCC's Decision to Ease Rules on Mergers Will 'Recast Entire Media Landscape'

Sallie Mae dividend sparks stock surge

Deflation fears stalk Main Street

Naysaying Times

Bondholders Threaten To Force Casino Into Bankruptcy

UK: Inflation switch 'to cut rates'

Muted cheer for US economy

Nomura's Fixed Income Chief Out

Emerging market bond rally seen slowing

Meager profits hurt job market

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Spurs Electronic Eurodollar Trading

Money Flows to Bonds, Despite Red Flags reg

NASD to Sell Amex for $110 Million

Oil prices surge above $30 a barrel

As bond yields drop, mortgage rates follow

NYSE Board Wants Gra$$o's Green Made Public

Store inventories tell two tales

States Use Gimmicks To Tackle Deficits reg

What U.S. Needs Is a Strong Stock Market Policy

Economic turmoil erodes Japan's high savings rate

Putting off paying the piper 

The myths of a deflationary spiral

Currencies rangebound as rate decisions loom

Gloom gathers over fallout from strong euro as Europe's leaders relax

National, Midlands economic views mixed

Russia: Ghost of Crisis Past Haunts Investors

The cup of liquidity runneth over

No letup seen for rising health-care costs

 

Understand The Risks of Bond Funds

US data sparks late sell-off

 

Interest Rates Stay Low Longer Than You Think

Citigroup Topples CSFB in Junk Bonds in Biggest Year Since 1999

 

Is Now the Right Time To Invest Dangerously?

Weak dollar, stronger nation?

 

A pickup in growth? Don't count on it

Dollar dips as firm data discounted by market

 

Bond boom might test new ethics

U.S. Economy: May's ISM Manufacturing Index Rises to 49.4

 

Blinded by bullishness

Lessons in how to make $43 trillion disappear

 

Dollar gains traction on euro

Fannie Mae sees record US mortgage creation in '03

 

PA: Subpar recovery continues to make new jobs hard to come by

Buffett, Economists Say Current Account Deficit Threatens U.S.

 

NY: City jobs down drain

Congress vs. FASB: Who's the Boss?

 

Tax cut may spur growth, not jobs

Slump in Dollar May Be Over as Economy Rebounds, Survey Shows

 

Tighter belts and higher anxiety

6 Important Rules for Real Social Security Reform

 

Decimal trading may raise costs for some

Thailand to launch $US1 billion Asian bond fund

 

Growth on menu for US as Europe chokes on rules

Bonds from select overseas markets give investors a lift

 

Sunshine brings out optimists

When joblessness persists

 

Globalization Hits a Political Speed Bump reg

 

 

It's a Feast. Now See if Wall Street Can Resist reg