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  • U.S. Urges China to Allow Bigger Market Role in Valuing Yuan

    The U.S. urged China to reduce currency interventions and let markets play a bigger role in setting the value of the yuan, in a report that declined to name any major trading partner a foreign-exchange manipulator.

  • Rutherford Moves From Cornfield Crisis Maven to U.S. Debt Funder

    Matthew Rutherford played a key role as the Treasury navigated the global financial crisis, the first downgrade of U.S. government securities and a record budget deficit. What lies ahead for him will be much subtler.

  • Sovereign Debt Induced Volatility: Chart of the Day

    “Fear of the unknown” fallout from Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis, similar to the concern at the start of the subprime-mortgage market collapse, is keeping volatility high in financial markets, according to Jim Bianco .

  • Are Obama’s Scandals Good for Investors?

    Washington is awash in scandals. The White House is fending off inquiries on three fronts: its response to the terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi; the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions; and the Justice Department’s broad seizure of Associated Press phone records in a leak probe.

  • How Stressed Are Investors Over a Possible U.S. Default?

    It depends on where you look. Stocks within 3 percent of all-time highs and gold down 21 percent so far this year suggest there is little stress, while U.S. credit-default swaps tell a different story. They've spiked dramatically in the past several days.

  • Bernanke Is Panned by Palin, Cheered by Faux Fed: Caroline Baum

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is taking flak from international policy types for his latest foray into quantitative easing. He had to defend his actions to economists and former policy makers at a Jekyll Island, Georgia, conference last week. He even had to submit to a “cease and desist” order from Mama Grizzly Fed Watcher extraordinaire, Sarah Palin .

  • Fed Gets Bigger in Markets as QE Prompts New Tools

    The Federal Reserve is getting more involved in debt markets as it tries to compensate for the impact of its almost $4 trillion balance sheet on short-term interest rates.

  • Whitney Municipal-Bond Apocalypse Short on Specifics

    “There’s not a doubt in my mind that you will see a spate of municipal-bond defaults,” the banking analyst Meredith Whitney , nodding her head, said on a Dec. 19 segment of CBS Corp.’s “60 Minutes.”

  • The Fed Is Running Out of Room to Twist

    The Federal Reserve announced at the conclusion of today's meeting that it will continue its maturity extension program, known as Operation Twist, through the end of the year. This time it plans to buy $267 billion of notes and bonds with maturities of six to 30 years, and to sell an equivalent amount of short- term bills and notes.

  • Say What? In 30-Year Race, Bonds Beat Stocks

    The biggest bond gains in almost a decade have pushed returns on Treasuries above stocks over the past 30 years, the first time that’s happened since before the Civil War.

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