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Good News for Borrowers and Savers

April 3, 2017

The rates on long term treasury bonds are little changed since the Fed began raising its benchmark rate in December 2015. The 30-year Treasury is 3.0% today, precisely where it was when the Fed began to hike.

In contrast, short term interest rates have risen meaningfully. Three-month LIBOR (a common measure of short-term rates) has risen from 0.5% in December 2015 to 1.15% today.

Taken together, these developments are good for both borrowers and savers. Many loans, including mortgages, are based on long-term interest rates. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 4.0% today, up only fractionally from 3.9% in December 2015.

On the flipside, for the first time in a decade, savers are able to obtain non-negligible yields on short-term holdings, including ultra-short bond funds that now yield north of 1%. We are increasingly looking for opportunities to incorporate these vehicles into client accounts, where appropriate.

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