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Zero Hedge: What if Rates Rise Above 3.5% ?

Late last month the notorious financial blog Zero Hedge published an analysis  regarding the economic after shocks that could occur if interest rates were to spike above 3.5%. Indeed eight years into “recovery” from the great recession of 2008, it is easy to forget just how extraordinary Federal Reserve policy remains.  Just because the can … Continue reading

Bonds: The Price and Yield See-Saw

While many investors could correctly answer a question about the direction of bond prices when interest rates rise, understanding such a relationship at an intuitive level in an ever-changing market place can sometimes be elusive. One way to better conceptualize and understand the relationship between bond prices and interest rates is to think of price … Continue reading

A Long Time Coming: 6 things that have happened since last fed rate hike

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee is set to raise interest rates today, for the first time in nearly ten years. On June 29, 2006 the FOMC raised the target rate for fedral funds from 5.0 % to 5.25%.   At that point Ben Bernanke was but a mere puppy as Federal Reserve Chairman, just … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Fed (FOMC) Meeting

The FOMC wrapped up its two-day meeting by announcing that it will extend the Operation Twist program for the rest of the year. The statement also said that “the committee [FOMC] is prepared to take further action as appropriate to promote a stronger economic recovery and sustained improvement in labor market conditions in a context … Continue reading

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