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  • Demand at Treasury Auction Is ‘Lame’

    By Michael Rainey

    The U.S. Treasury’s latest auction saw relatively weak demand Tuesday, with prices edging lower and interest rates moving higher. “Overall bidding at the $31 billion U.S. Treasury three-year note...

  • Record Budget Surplus in April

    By Michael Rainey

    It may seem a bit odd to talk about a budget surplus at a time of soaring deficits, but tax receipts are coming in stronger than expected in April and the Congressional Budget Office is now...

  • Moody's downgrade gives edge to safe-haven banks

    Why $21 Trillion in Debt Doesn't Bother the Credit Agencies

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The U.S national debt has surpassed $21 trillion, up 2.8 percent since the start of the year, but two of the leading credit agencies aren’t worried about the country’s ability to keep up with its...

  • Why the Deficit Outlook Could Be Even Worse Than It Seems

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The Congressional Budget Office warned earlier this month that the U.S. will start running $1 trillion deficits in 2020, and that the national debt will be nearly as large as the economy in a decade...

  • FILE PHOTO - An investor looks at a board displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, Australia, December 5, 2016.     REUTERS/Steven Saphore

    Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic as 10-Year Treasury Yield Tops 3%

    Yields on 10-year Treasuries hit the widely watched and psychologically significant 3 percent level Tuesday for the first time since January 2014, continuing a months-long climb that has been driven...

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