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    Why does Sandra Pianalto think the economic progress to be slow?

    Although GDP grew at a little under 3.5% in the second half of 2013, up from an average rate of 2% in the past three years, inflation remains at ~1% level, well below the Fed’s long-term target of 2%.

    By Sandra Nathanson
  • Financials

    Why Treasury and mortgage rate spreads hit historic highs

    The interest rate spread between 10-year Treasury securities (IEF) and 30-year conventional mortgages (VMBS) was at historic highs at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Do mortgage rates follow movements in Treasury yields?

    This series will analyze how mortgage interest rates have behaved with respect to Treasuries and the reasons for this correlation.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Interest rate spreads for Treasuries and mortgage rates: A guide

    The interest rate spread is the difference between Treasury yields (TLH) and interest rates on mortgages (VMBS). Interest rate spreads tend to widen in times of economic uncertainty.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    How to measure your portfolio’s interest rate risk with convexity

    Portfolio durations differ from key rate durations, as even though the durations of two portfolios may match, both portfolios may differ in the maturity profiles of the bonds they comprise, which will result in differing key rate durations.

    By Phalguni Soni
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