Interest Rates

Bonds are boring. They are the beige minivan of the investment world. Yet, bond yields (which move inversely to prices) are hugely important. They determine lots of things: from how much companies and governments pay to borrow money -- to the rate you get on your mortgage. To help you navigate the complex world of interest rates, here are some free resources.

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Why You Should Be Cautious About Credit Ratings

If you count on standard credit rating agencies for timely warnings, you might find yourself "behind the 8-ball." Time and again, downgrades have occurred after the damage has already been done. Now is the time to protect your portfolio.

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How Bond Investors Were Fooled Twice

Most investors extrapolate financial trends into the future. So, they are usually unprepared when the trend changes. Making matters worse, they also usually miss significant countertrend moves. Let's take a look at the bond market.

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We're in a New Climate of Rising Interest Rates Around the World

In an interview recorded on December 19, our Global Opportunities Expert Chris Carolan explains which way bond markets around the world have been moving -- and which markets you should keep your eye on.

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Do Interest Rates follow the Federal Reserve, Or, Do Interest Rates Lead & the Fed follows?

What comes first? See the evidence on these three charts for yourself in Episode 4 of the Elliott Wave Pillars Series.

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"Interest Rates Drive Stocks"? See 4 Charts That Tell You the Truth

On Sept. 16-17, the Federal Reserve meets to decide whether or not to raise interest rates. It's been described as "the most important Fed meeting of the decade" -- and a pivotal moment for stocks. Yet, these four charts show you why it may not be.

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Markets all around the world are at a critical juncture ...

Every January for the past 5 years, we've given our readers a new State of the Global Markets big-picture forecast. It quickly became of #1 free resource with thousands accessing our "hotlist" of global markets ready to move.

Today, worries are high. With a 21-page chart-filled report, 3 new market-focused interviews and more, the 2017 edition may be our most timely one yet.