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Find a copy Abstract (summary) Full Text Back to document Phillips, Matt. Wall Street Journal [New York, N.Y] 22 Aug 2011: C.1. URL to local SFX server: URL to localILLiad sever: "The retiree who doesn't have any debt, but relies on interest income to supplement their Social Security check, they're really feeling the squeeze from lower interest rates," says Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at personal finance website… Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has put the financial world on notice: Brace for two more years of rock-bottom interest rates. That is great news for borrowers, but it promises rough going for anyone seeking returns from fixed-income investments -- from retirees to giant pension funds to companies sitting on record amounts of cash. It has been almost three years since the Fed cut its key rate to almost zero, and on Aug. 9, the central bank said rates are likely to remain there until at least mid-2013. Rates for everything from Treasury bills to money-market funds are near zero. The yield on the 10-year note briefly slid below 2% last week, a level last seen in April 1950. Central banks traditionally use low rates to prompt more borrowing and nudge investors to seek higher returns in riskier assets like stocks, thereby boosting the broader economy. But the benefits may not flow so easily. Consumers are showing few signs of wanting to borrow, bank and insurer profits are likely to suffer, and, with the stock market sliding, pension and other investment funds face years of low returns. Some analysts worry the U.S. may be in for a Japan-like scenario of years of low rates, sluggish growth, and poor returns. "If you do Depression-type studies, then you've seen this pattern before -- or Japan," says Priya Misra, head of U.S. rates strategy at Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch. "Both comparisons are not great." Consumers For consumers, low rates mean cheap loans for everything from a new home to a new car. But with millions of
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course ECON 4610 taught by Professor Xiaohuang during the Fall '11 term at Kennesaw.

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