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July 15, 2016, Vol.34, No.14

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Remember the Shell Union Oil 2 1/2s of 1971

Long-trending cycles are the standard in bonds. The once-in-5,000-year interest-rate event is non-cyclical and nonstandard. Today’s negative bond yields are that non-cyclical singularity.

European scavenger hunt

Under the spell of Mario Draghi, the once rugged terrain of European credit is today a flat, bleak tableland. Preserving capital, sanity

Borrow to rent

The cacophony of jackhammers, brick saws and excavators outside our window (and yours, too, we’ll bet) bodes well for the construction capital-goods business. A certain company’s debt bodes ill.

Orchids from Ecuador

Provoking the market gods by attempting to bring the outdoors inside. Kale Caesar salads for the pampered staff.

Subject to revision

In today’s climate of radical monetary policy, what’s worse, imperfect data or imperfect advice? The Japanese try both.

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James Grant founded Grant's Interest Rate Observer in 1983 following a stint at Barron's, where he originated the "Current Yield" column.

His books include works of financial history, finance and biography. They are: “Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend” (Simon & Schuster, 1983); “Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending from the Civil War to Michael Milken” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992); “Minding Mr. Market” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993); “The Trouble with Prosperity” (Times Books, 1996);  “John Adams: Party of One” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005); “Mr. Market Miscalculates” (Axios Press, 2008); and “Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster” (Simon & Schuster, 2011).


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