Debt and bond markets

FILE - This April 13, 2019, file photo, shows homes in suburban Salt Lake City. On Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
January 09, 2020 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in 13 weeks, as financial markets roiled by U.S.-Iran conflict pushed investors toward the safety of Treasury bonds. The yield on Treasury bonds, especially the 10-year note, tends to influence mortgage rates...
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Stock traders wear New Year's 2020 party glasses at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Stocks slipped globally in quiet New Year's Eve trading Tuesday with many markets closed. Wall Street could close 2019 with back-to-back daily losses in a year that the U.S. posted the largest market gains since 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 31, 2019 - 6:12 pm
Wall Street closed the books Tuesday on a blockbuster 2019 for stock investors, with the broader market delivering its best returns in six years. The S&P 500 finished with a gain of 28.9% for the year, or a total return of 31.5%, including dividends. The Nasdaq composite rose 35.3%. For both...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell removes his glasses as he listens to a question during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. The Federal Reserve is leaving its benchmark interest rate alone and signaling that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 11, 2019 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Jerome Powell made clear Wednesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to keep its benchmark interest rate very low through at least next year — and possibly longer. Fueling that expectation is the growing belief of Fed officials that inflation will remain tame even as...
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December 09, 2019 - 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to send a clear message when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: Interest rates will likely stay ultra-low for the foreseeable future. Behind that message is a view that has gained support at the Fed as the U.S. economic expansion has entered...
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November 21, 2019 - 9:32 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government has pledged to exceed the strict surplus targets demanded by its former bailout lenders for this year and next. In the 2020 budget submitted to Parliament Thursday, the government says it will outperform its primary surplus target— the annual balance...
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FILE - This June 12, 2019, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for August. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
November 13, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month...
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October 11, 2019 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Friday that it will buy short-term Treasury bills each month until the second quarter of 2020 to inject cash into the banking system and make it easier to control its benchmark lending rate. The action marks the Fed's latest response to a shortage of cash...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Powell is scheduled to speak about the Fed’s interest rate policy in Denver at the annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 08, 2019 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that U.S. job growth since early last year was not as robust as thought, a hint that the Fed may be ready to keep cutting interest rates to support the economy. Powell also said the Fed will soon announce plans to buy Treasurys,...
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Republican presidential candidate, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chats with patrons at the Puritan Backroom restaurant, as he campaigns, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 19, 2019 - 8:34 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford's first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire began with an interruption in the hopes of being heard. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, entered a Manchester diner and found his way to an AARP meeting in the back. "Can I be rude...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo an American flag flies on the Capitol Dome in Washington. On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for August. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
September 12, 2019 - 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit increased by $169 billion to $1.07 trillion in the first 11 months of this budget year as spending grew faster than tax collections. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit with just one month left in the budget year is up 18...
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