Dec 28, 2011 Iran has repeated its threat to block the Straight of Hormuz where about a-fifth of the world's oil passes through. In Italy today, investors seemed happy to buy up the country's debt.
Heidi N. Moore
Dec 27, 2011 We talk a lot about the stock market, but the real lifeblood of U.S. companies is the corporate bond market, which is twice as large.
Dec 21, 2011 A surprisingly successful Spanish bond sale and news of an increase in new home construction spurred markets to rally today.
Dec 16, 2011 My wife and I are in our early 60s, with a son in college. We have Roths and 401(k)s. I will get a pension from the state of North Carolina when I retire in a few years -- not so for my wife. What I need to know is: Is there a reason not to put so much of our savings in munis? (I would take the money out of some of our mutual funds.) I would not get munis from states with problematic economies; I would most likely get them from N.C. Also, what is the best way to purchase tax-free munis? Thanks! Stephen, Durham, NC
Dec 16, 2011 Junk. Not a nice word. And when it comes to bonds, not a particularly accurate word, either. Junk is something useless, right? Well, "junk" bonds are definitely not useless. In fact they're extremely useful. Sometimes. Marketplace Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains what a junk bond really is.
Jan 11, 2012 Lots of not-so-terrible news was enough to put markets in positive territory today, but not by much. It gives us a chance to take a step back and talk about something different. Bonds.
Dec 9, 2011 European countries agree to a deal on balanced budgets and debt reduction. A unanimous vote wasn't reached, but the BBC's Andrew Walker says investors already had limited expectations.
Nov 28, 2011 The new initiative seeks citizens' help to bail the country out. Even so, towering debt remains a huge problem for Italy.
Stacey Vanek Smith
Dec 2, 2011 The normally prosaic process in which European governments borrow money has become a daily test of their economic health.