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Bonds and Equities: Upstairs, Downstairs

Bonds and Equities: Upstairs, Downstairs

Both treasury and equity markets reacted to the debt downgrade as expected Monday, with bonds spiking and equities basically imploding

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Bad News Bears Flee Trading Tsunami

Bad News Bears Flee Trading Tsunami

After an initial sense of relief when the debt deal started coming together Monday morning, markets have slumped back in their figurative armchair to watch a series of economic debacles unfold like bad TV

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Trading Places: Hirings & Firings

Trading Places: Hirings & Firings

Traders are playing musical chairs these days, and not always willingly. A grim economy, wavering trading profits and looming regulatory changes are breaking up big trading operations and battering bottom lines.

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PIG Bonds Looking Like Dogs to Investors

PIG Bonds Looking Like Dogs to Investors

The debt crisis in Europe is like a high stakes game of musical chairs – which nation will be the next to default when the music stops?

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Moody’s Mood Globally Grim for Bonds, Politics

Moody’s Mood Globally Grim for Bonds, Politics

Moody’s Investors Service put several large U.S. banks on notice Thursday that their debt ratings are being reviewed for a potential downgrade. But it was just the tip of the old iceberg for grim reports from the ratings agency.

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Bonds Brush Off S&P Outlook Downgrade

Bonds Brush Off S&P Outlook Downgrade

Ratings firm Standard & Poor’s made some waves on Monday by downgrading its outlook for U.S. Treasury debt. Short of actually changing the rating on U.S. debt, they lowered their outlook from “stable” to “negative.”

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Bond Income Fixed in More Ways than One

Bond Income Fixed in More Ways than One

Investors have been getting fleeced in all sorts of bond schemes lately, according to actions in a variety of federal courts. And the victims have ranged beyond the typical, unfortunate retail customer.

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Short Story: States Eyeing Bankruptcy Protection

Short Story: States Eyeing Bankruptcy Protection

A lot of people, including some prominent politicians, are wondering if it would be a good idea to create federal laws allowing states to declare bankruptcy – and then renegotiate pesky contracts with assorted riff-raff like bond holders, unions, and pensioners.

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Italy: A Country in Crisis or Merely Oversold?

Italy: A Country in Crisis or Merely Oversold?

Yes, the world’s tenth-largest economy, according to Euromonitor International, has been lumped in with the likes of Portugal, Ireland and Greece as Eurozone problem children. But there is more to Italy than meets the eye, and that can be good news or bad news depending on which scenario plays out.

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Triple-Threat Debt: Tax Breaks, Unemployment, Bond Bondage

Triple-Threat Debt: Tax Breaks, Unemployment, Bond Bondage

“Tragedy comes in threes,” Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told Tea Partiers, according to an account from CBS News.

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