It was always a question of when, not if rates will go up.
When Standard and Poor’s downgraded the United States’ credit rating on Aug. 5, many analysts expected Uncle Sam’s borrowing costs to rise sharply. That hasn’t happened in the short term, though it’s still a possibility in the longer term. The yield on the 10-year Treasury recently fell below 2 percent (as a point of reference, it was
Bond mutual fund investors may be warming to the possibility of an improving economy. Last week funds saw the largest withdrawals in two years, Bloomberg.com reported on Wednesday. According to Investment Company Institute, or ICI, statistics, investors pulled $8.62 billion out of bond mutual funds the week of Dec. 15. Institutional investors may have been
How mortgage rates are set is complicated — until you read this primer on bonds, mortgage-backed securities and mortgage loan pools.