Debt and bond markets

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad smiles during press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Mahathir said Wednesday the government will set up a trust fund to let the public contribute to easing the country’s huge national debt. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
May 30, 2018 - 6:06 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday the government will set up a trust fund to let the public contribute to easing the country's huge national debt. Mahathir's government last week revealed that the national debt and liabilities exceed 1...
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Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. U.S. stocks are opening lower, following sharp drops in Europe triggered by political uncertainty in Italy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
May 29, 2018 - 3:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe are sinking Tuesday following political turmoil in Italy, which stoked fears of instability in the euro bloc. Investors dumped Italian government bonds, driving borrowing costs sharply higher for that country and rekindling fears of more financial...
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A financial journalist checks on a monitor the course of the spread following political uncertainty, in Rome, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The Italian stock market opened down 1.8 percent and the spread between Italian 10-year government bond and the benchmark German bund rose to 300 points, the highest level in years with interest rates at 2.9 percent, before relaxing. (Luciano Del Castillo/ANSA via AP)
May 29, 2018 - 10:29 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Italy's political turmoil has sent a wave of concern through Europe's 19-country currency union, with serious tremors hitting the country's government debt market. One big reason for the worry: the firewalls the eurozone built to prevent a rerun of its 2010-2012 debt...
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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to media as he leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Najib appeared again for questioning at the office as part of the corruption and money-laundering investigation into the 1MDB state investment fund that Najib set up and is being investigated. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
May 24, 2018 - 6:06 am
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quizzed for more than six hours Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a state investment fund he founded that accumulated billions of dollars in debt. Najib smiled and waved...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018, Giuseppe Conte, right, shakes hands with leader of the Five-Star Movement, Luigi Di Maio, during a meeting in Rome. Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a 54-year-old law professor with no political experience as their candidate for premier. Neither 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio nor League leader Matteo Salvini named Giuseppe Conte in brief remarks to reporters after leaving a closed-door meeting with President Sergio Mattarella in what could be final consultations before forming a government 11 weeks after elections left Italy with a hung parliament. But, in a breach of protocol, Di Maio identified Conte to reporters outside the Quirinale presidential palace and posted his name on the movement’s popular block. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 21, 2018 - 3:52 pm
ROME (AP) — With Europe and markets watching anxiously, Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League identified a 53-year-old law professor with no political experience as their pick to become the country's next premier. Five-...
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Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio talks on the phone as he leaves the lower house of parliament, at the end of his meeting with League leader Matteo Salvini, in Rome, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
May 18, 2018 - 1:22 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian financial assets were hit hard Friday after the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League party unveiled a program that could clear the way to Italy's first populist government. The platform includes a rollback on pension reform, a minimum salary for...
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Trader Michael Milano works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, May 4, 2018. Stocks opened moderately lower across the board, putting the market on track for its fourth loss this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
May 04, 2018 - 3:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are jumping Friday as Apple rises to an all-time high after Warren Buffett said his company bought more of Apple's stock. That's helping a rally for technology companies. Retailers, banks and most other groups of stocks are also higher. A slightly disappointing April...
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This Monday, April 23, 2018, photo shows a "Sold" sign in front of a home in Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, April 26, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
April 26, 2018 - 12:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers' prospects amid the spring buying season. It was the third straight week of increases for long-term mortgage rates. Mortgage...
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In this April 16, 2018 photo, people walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo. Asian shares dipped Wednesday, April 25, mirroring a sell-off on Wall Street on fears about slowing growth and falling company profits. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
April 25, 2018 - 3:21 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares dipped Wednesday, mirroring a sell-off on Wall Street triggered by worries over slowing growth and falling profits. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 shed 0.3 percent to finish at 22,215.32. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.1 percent to 30,281.15. The Shanghai...
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FILE- This April 5, 2018, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 25. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 24, 2018 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After a strong start, U.S. stocks abruptly sold off Tuesday after machinery maker Caterpillar said it doesn't expect to top its first-quarter profit for the rest of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 619 points as investors feared that rising oil prices...
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