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Opinion: The bond market is no longer a safe haven for investors

• In an absurd sign of the times, 12 European countries, including France, Germany and Switzerland, are now issuing bonds at negative interest rates. …

Stock Markets

Singapore bourse challenges old obstacles with new bond trading system | Reuters

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Singapore Exchange Ltd’s (SGXL.SI) new corporate bond trading platform is expected to travel a difficult road, with some traders fearing that long-standing problems in Asia’s debt market will see the bourse struggle to make headway just like others before it.<p>An …

Stock Markets

Indonesia’s unlikely pork feast

Bali’s classic pork dish, babi guling, is an odd find in a country that has the largest Muslim majority population in the world.<p>Why is it that the older I get, the more frequently I become exposed to traditional folk dancing (something I loathe), when travelling abroad? I was in Bali; specifically …

Asia Travel

Goldman Sachs has a scary warning for the bond market

Goldman Sachs seems worried about bond-market liquidity.<p>In a note to clients Tuesday, Charles Himmelberg and Chris Henson at Goldman Sachs dissect the recent decline in dealer inventories of investment-grade corporate bonds.<p>This sounds arcane and boring, but their analysis is one of the most …

Markets

The real reason the Fed is eager to raise interest rates now

Americans are borrowing big again.<p>The Federal Reserve’s credit numbers showed American consumers borrowed at an all-time record of $28.9 billion in September, besting the previous high-water mark set in November 2001.<p>In fact, this is the biggest monthly leap in consumer borrowing going all the way …

Economics

Six Strange Things That Have Been Happening in Financial Markets

"May you live in interesting times" is sometimes said to be an ancient Chinese curse.<p>Interesting things have certainly been happening in the …

Stock Markets