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Why Interest Rates are Rising
From the Desk of Bob Caldwell Why Rates Are Rising Several weeks ago we spoke about the reasons interest rates have been on an uptrend for the most part this year. The first thing we want to make clear is that the reasons have not changed. However, because we experienced a downtrend for a few weeks in the midst of the uptrend, there is reason for additional analysis in this regard. What were these reasons? There were basically three. Rates were bouncing back from ridiculously low levels reached at the end of last year when the economy slowed down and the budget crisis threatened to shut down the government completely. Secondly, the economy seemed to be bouncing back from the pause of late last year. Thirdly, the Federal Reserve Board was making noise about ending their purchases of Mortgage Backed Securities and an ending date for stimulus activity known as Quantitative Easing (QE).
The next question is--why did the rising trend stop? It appeared that the economy was not bouncing back from the pause as quickly as we thought. Weak data included the employment report for March and there was continued negative news from Europe and elsewhere overseas. Now, several weeks ... more

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