“Woe to the land whose king is a child and whose leaders are already drunk in the morning. Happy the land whose king is a nobleman, and whose leaders work hard before they feast and drink, and then only to strengthen themselves for the tasks ahead”. (Eccl 10: 16-17)


"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat


Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Long Term Interest Rates grinding Higher

Keep an eye on the yield on the Ten Year Treasury Note. It is back above the key 2% level once again. The rate peaked for this year about 2 months ago in mid March before moving lower. At that time it was a tad above 2.05%. Rates have moved 40 basis points higher in a month's time. That is quite rapid.


I find today's movement a bit peculiar to be honest because it came against the backdrop of an equity market that had first made a new all-time high before reversing lower later in the session. One becomes accustomed to seeing money flows out of bonds and into stocks and therefore, when stocks are being sold off and bonds also are being sold off simultaneously, it is a bit out of the norm.

Let's see where this thing goes tomorrow and the remainder of the week.

Incidentally, I wrote up some comments on today's price action for Eric King over at King World News. Check in there to find them a bit later this evening.

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