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A coming credit crunch?

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.
Posted In: bonds, corporations

The feel good factor

Dec 20, 2011
A surprisingly successful Spanish bond sale and news of an increase in new home construction spurred markets to rally today.
Posted In: spain, markets, bonds

What is a junk bond?

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.
Posted In: junk bonds, bonds

Thinking about tax-exempt bonds

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
Posted In: retirement savings, bonds, tax-exempt securities

Checking in on the Bond Market

Dec 15, 2011
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.
Posted In: bonds, mortgage

Markets had European debt drama 'baked in'

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.
Posted In: eurobond, Europe debt crisis, bonds, david cameron

Italian government encourages citizens to buy bonds

Nov 28, 2011
The new initiative seeks citizens' help to bail the country out. Even so, towering debt remains a huge problem for Italy.
Posted In: italy, bonds

Why the world cares about European bond sales

Nov 28, 2011
The normally prosaic process in which European governments borrow money has become a daily test of their economic health.
Posted In: Eurozone, eurobond, bonds

German bonds auction flop raises alarm

Nov 23, 2011
Muted interest in German 10-year bonds at an auction today raised feared that investors are getting jittery even over the eurozone's strongest economy.
Posted In: Germany, german stock exchange, bonds

European investors sell off bonds in more than Italy and Greece

Nov 16, 2011
Bond markets in Europe are taking a beating, and it is affecting the more stable countries in the eurozone, from Finland to Austria.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, bonds

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