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What Will Happen To The Stock Market When Interest Rates Rise May Surprise You

Interest rates have been in a freefall for the better part of the past two decades. Moreover, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury, which is the flagship interest rate benchmark, has mostly been below 2% since the beginning of 2012. The 10-year note did reach 3% by the end of 2013 but has …

Investing

Colombia to press for open border with Venezuela after food queues

<b>The government in Colombia has called for the permanent opening of its border with Venezuela after crisis-hit Venezuelans flocked to buy basic items.</b><p>Colombia said it would not allow any further temporary openings of the border, which Venezuela shut last year.<p>More than 100,000 people went to …

Venezuela

US spending on prisons and jails grew three times as fast as spending on education in the last 3 decades

The analysis used data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, US Census Bureau, and other sources to compare the changes in spending between 1979-1980 and 2012-2013.<p>Overall, spending on public elementary and secondary school education increased by 107%, …

Education

Space junk is becoming a real threat

It's a serious issue. There's a common misconception that things in space are just kindof floating out there, moving slowly—and given videos of spacewalks and what we see in movies, that's understandable.<p>But it's wrong. There are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth, moving at incredibly high …

Space Exploration

We’re Helping Deport Kids to Die

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Elena was 11 years old when a gang member in her home country, Honduras, told her to be his girlfriend.<p>“I had to say yes,” Elena, now 14, explained. “If I had said no, they would have killed my entire family.”<p>Elena knew the risks because one of her friends, Jenesis, was also …

Immigration

123,000 Venezuelans cross border shopping for scarce food

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela (AP) — More than 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.<p>It was the second weekend in a row that Venezuela's socialist government …

Venezuela

Cleveland police union urges governor to suspend open-carry gun law

The head of the Cleveland police union called on the governor of Ohio to declare a state of emergency and to suspend open-carry gun rights during the Republican national convention, following the killing of three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday.<p>'Open carry' gun law gives Cleveland a …

Law Enforcement

‘Brexit’ Vote Will Change Europe, No Matter the Outcome

Britain’s EU referendum calls into question march toward closer ties; resistance over ‘total integration’<p>BRUSSELS—If the U.K. decides in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union, it would shake the continent to its political foundations. Even if it stays, the bloc may never be the same.<p>A …

United Kingdom

Negative Rates Around the World: How One Danish Couple Gets Paid Interest on Their Mortgage

In Denmark and Sweden, savings accounts pay nothing and real estate is booming<p>AALBORG, Denmark—Hans Peter Christensen got some unusual news when he opened his most recent mortgage statement. His quarterly interest payment was negative 249 Danish kroner.<p>Instead of paying interest on the loan he got …

Real Estate

Germany: Where Negative Rates Are Lethal

Life insurers feel pain of negative interest rates<p>By<p>Madeleine Nissen and<p>Madeleine Nissen<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@MadeleineNissen<p>madeleine.nissen@wsj.com<p>Paul J. Davies<p>Paul J. Davies<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@PaulJDavies<p>paul.davies@wsj.com<p>German life insurers are caught in a pinch that …

Interest Rates

Japan’s Negative-Rate Experiment Is Floundering

Trading withers in money markets, yen goes on a tear; ‘every day is like being Alice in Wonderland’<p>TOKYO—Japan’s two-month experiment with negative interest rates is producing some unexpected results.<p>Trading has withered in Japan’s money markets, where big banks and others usually park their excess …

Japan

Would Negative Rates Work in the U.S.?

Monetary-policy makers, bankers and economists are looking to the experience of Europe and Japan and asking whether subzero rates would boost the U.S. economy<p>The debate over negative interest rates is washing up on U.S. shores.<p>Monetary-policy makers, bankers and economists are looking to the …

Interest Rates

Negative Rates: How One Swiss Bank Learned to Live in a Subzero World

When Alternative Bank Schweiz moved to charge depositors, it actually gained account holders<p>ZURICH—Negative interest rates are rattling banks around the world, but one small Swiss lender has learned to stop worrying and lean in.<p>Alternative Bank Schweiz AG late last year became Switzerland’s first …

Swiss Bank

Negative Interest Rates: How Do They Work?

Interest Rates

What Comes After Negative Rates? Helicopter Money

For central banks, fantasy monetary policy would mean handing out money directly to the population<p>When modern banking first emerged in medieval Italy, European mathematicians regarded negative numbers as absurd. Six hundred years on, the successors to the Medicis and Peruzzis face negative interest …

High Level