Thursday 7atSeven: locking in rates

Here are seven (or so) links at 7AM Eastern.  We will see you later with the daily linkfest.  Good luck out there.

The VIX

The $VIX futures curve is steepening again.  (Sober Look)

If the low $VIX indicates a market top, then how big a pullback should we expect?  (Big Picture)

Bonds

Corporations are now locking in rates by issuing long-dated paper.  (FT)

What’s driving record low junk bond yields?  (Dealbook)

Bad ideas

The bad idea that is the prospectus for “Great Idea Corp.“  (Kid Dynamite)

Bridgewater Associates is building a really expensive headquarters.  (Dealbook)

Economy

The conditions were very different when the Fed decided on QE and QE2.  (Tim Duy, FT Alphaville)

The oil markets are pricing in faster economic growth.  (Econbrowser also Sober Look)

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