Morgan Stanley, the most bearish among the 18 primary dealers that trade government securities with the Federal Reserve, acknowledged that its forecast that Treasury yields would rise this year was misguided.
Jennifer Cavallaro’s Twitter feed usually deals with matters like the free-range egg salad she serves at her Beehive Café in Bristol, Rhode Island. On May 17, 2010, she blasted a different message to her followers.
The head winds grew so intense during the 508-mile race through California’s Mojave Desert and Death Valley that Joshua Friedman told his teammates he thought he would be blown off his bike. Instead of tumbling down, the hedge-fund manager powered through his 86-mile leg of the Furnace Creek 508, showing little fatigue after he dismounted his bike.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, governments have experimented with just about every possible combination of fiscal and monetary policy. Some have pursued expansionary programs by borrowing heavily, cutting taxes and increasing spending. Others have gone the sackcloth-and-ashes route -- or were forced to -- by slashing spending and raising taxes. And some, the U.S. and the euro area included, have lurched from one strategy to another.