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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

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

European bond market on a rollercoaster ride

Nov 16, 2011
With ongoing fears of contagion in Europe, the bond market in the eurozone has hit trouble this week.
Posted In: France, Europe debt crisis, bonds

The root of Italy's problems

Nov 14, 2011
Berlusconi may be gone, but Italia's problems persists. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how Italy got into the mess it's in today.
Posted In: debt, italy, bonds, default, Berlusconi, Monte, credit, euro, Eurozone

MID-DAY UPDATE: China announces trade deficit, Eurozone debt crisis escalates

Mar 10, 2011
A surprise from China today -- the country said it bought more goods from around the world than it sold. It's called a trade deficit. And China...
Posted In: bonds, China, Eurozone, Greece, mid-day update, PIMCO, spain, trade, trade deficit, treasury, unions, Wisconsin

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