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  • Investing: what's driving the boom in bonds

    The biggest surprise in financial markets this year is the strong performance of bonds. You may recall that bond prices fell (and yields rose) last year after the Federal Reserve began to reverse its easy-money policies. With yields still near historically low levels, many seers expected more pain this year. But so far in 2014, the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index, a measure of investment-grade debt, has delivered a total return of 3.9 percent. Other segments have done even better. The Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II index, a measure of junk-bond performance, returned 4.8 percent this year. We can't predict what will happen next, but we can offer, by way of some key questions and answers, an explanation for the mysterious ways of the bond market.
  • US inflation slows, but petrol prices rise

    WASHINGTON Inflation in the United States increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in June, slower than in May but marked by rising petrol prices, the government reported Tuesday. "In contrast to the broad-based increase last month, the June...

    Japan government trims economic growth estimate for this year

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government slightly lowered its growth forecast for the current fiscal year due to sluggish exports and a drop in demand after the April sales-tax hike, but the forecasts were largely in line with the Bank of Japan's projections....

    Sterling near two-year high vs euro, caution on Scotland

    LONDON (Reuters) - Sterling edged towards a two-year high against the euro on Tuesday as hedge funds and speculators sold the single currency against the dollar and pound, betting euro zone monetary policy would stay loose. The risk of a surprise in...

    U.S. consumer inflation rises on high gasoline prices

    U.S. consumer inflation rises on high gasoline prices
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose in June as the cost of gasoline surged, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a gradual build-up of inflationary pressures. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index...