Financial stocks have led the market all year, and Wall Street likes second-quarter earnings enough that the momentum could continue.
With nearly $5 billion yet to be repaid, banks that have been unable or unwilling to escape TARP could get hit by a looming spike in dividend rates.
Big banks are handing out long-term loans to businesses with weak cash flow and once again using derivatives like they did in 2008.
The banking stock is an undervalued choice for conservative total-return investors.
Cracks have appeared in the Japanese bond market, and potentially ours as well, as the world's finances may be reaching critical stress-points.
Stocks looked headed toward an ugly day, until the head of the Boston Fed suggested higher interest rates are not yet necessary.
Our own funding crisis could very well be precipitated by trouble elsewhere. And there are signs that Japan's bond market may be rejecting the nation's monetary policy.
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