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Bond strategist Tony Crescenzi reports on the world of economics, discussing such elements as the Fed and housing. Readers are invited to submit their comments. Updated several times a day.

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Safe Haven Buying Spurs Spot Gold Prices

Wed, 26 May 2010 18:34 GMT

New York spot gold prices made more gains Wednesday afternoon as the yellow metal was snapped up as a safe-haven investment against economic unknowns.(image)

Fifth Third, Panasonic Lead High-Flying Stocks

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 22:05 GMT

OM Group, Fifth Third and Panasonic hit 52-week highs on Monday.(image)

Mortgage Rates Balloon

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:28 GMT

Rising Treasury yields burst the floodgates and caused mortgage rates to float up.(image)

Chain-Store Sales Creep Up

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:26 GMT

This could be related to the recent rise in equities.(image)

'Wealth Effects' and GDP

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 20:39 GMT

Gains in equities could lead to an increase in consumer spending.(image)

Purchasing Managers Index Shoots Up Again

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 14:56 GMT

Due to the potency of ISM data, today's market movements are unlikely to suddenly reverse.(image)

Treasury Auction Perfectly Average

Thu, 28 May 2009 17:28 GMT

Though not as good as yesterday's auctions, the seven-year was in line with past results.(image)

Home Inventories Match 15-Year Low

Thu, 28 May 2009 15:08 GMT

People need places to live, so inventory is likely to go even lower.(image)

Durable Goods Up

Thu, 28 May 2009 13:53 GMT

However, results for the previous month are revised sharply downward.(image)

Jobless Claims Still High

Thu, 28 May 2009 13:03 GMT

A total of 623,000 initial claims were filed in the week ended May 22.(image)

Treasuries Run Into Weakness

Wed, 27 May 2009 18:40 GMT

The downturn in bond prices is attributable to four factors.(image)

Auction on Five-Year Notes Goes Well

Wed, 27 May 2009 17:38 GMT

Today's results point to a belief that Treasuries are fairly valued.(image)

TIPS Point to Alarming Inflation Outlook

Wed, 27 May 2009 16:47 GMT

The securities are showing a rapid increase in 10-year inflation expectations.(image)

Mortgage Apps Mixed

Wed, 27 May 2009 15:54 GMT

The home purchase index rises only slightly, in part because of seasonal adjustments.(image)

Strong Auction for Two-Year Treasury Notes

Tue, 26 May 2009 18:16 GMT

This week will see $101 billion in securities offered.(image)

Confidence Index Jumps

Tue, 26 May 2009 14:51 GMT

The Conference Board's survey also suggests moderation in the pace of job losses.(image)

Home Price Index Drops 18.7% From Last Year

Tue, 26 May 2009 14:08 GMT

Case-Shiller will likely have a hard time improving on a year-over-year basis until autumn.(image)

Sudden Foreign Pullout of Treasuries Unlikely

Fri, 22 May 2009 18:31 GMT

Foreign central banks are likely to diversify out of dollar assets, but not overnight.(image)

TIPS and Government Credit Risks

Fri, 22 May 2009 16:25 GMT

The amount of inflation embedded in the TIPS is at its most since last September.(image)

Update on the Fed's Balance Sheet

Fri, 22 May 2009 13:50 GMT

The central bank's credit expands to a four-week high.(image)

Treasuries Take a Hit

Thu, 21 May 2009 16:01 GMT

A purchase by the New York Fed moves prices, though the buy is smaller than normal.(image)

Commercial Paper Market Still Shrinking

Thu, 21 May 2009 15:26 GMT

Stabilization in the financial markets is the primary culprit for the continued contraction.(image)

Jobless Claims Down but Still High

Thu, 21 May 2009 14:20 GMT

Also, continuing claims increased to a new record high.(image)

LIBOR Set for Another Drop

Wed, 20 May 2009 19:42 GMT

If the expected drop occurs, then rates will be very close to the 'new normal.'(image)

Preview of FOMC Minutes

Wed, 20 May 2009 17:48 GMT

Expect words of caution about the recovery, and listen for details on Treasury purchases.(image)

Mortgage Apps Slip

Wed, 20 May 2009 17:17 GMT

Keep in mind that the index is adjusted for seasonality and it misses some home sales.(image)

LIBOR's Drop: Liquidity or Less Fear?

Wed, 20 May 2009 15:21 GMT

The availability of money cannot solely explain why rates have remained so low.(image)

TIPS Move Again

Tue, 19 May 2009 20:39 GMT

Inflation expectations rise 4 basis points on the day, to their highest level since September.(image)

Steel Output Up but Low

Tue, 19 May 2009 17:28 GMT

Investors who are searching for good news may cling to this 'less bad' number.(image)

Housing Starts Data Are Good News

Tue, 19 May 2009 16:46 GMT

Cutting through all the noise, we must realize that inventories are coming down, which we need.(image)