Category Archives: Charts, Graphs & Tables

Interest Rates and the Stock Market

Correlations can be a misleading measure of the interaction between economic variables. Here, we take a look at interest rates and the stock market. Consider the cause-and-effect chains that exist between the economy, interest rates, and the stock market. Economic growth should in general be good news for the stock market, and it should also generally mean upward pressure on interest rates. A weak economy should be the opposite. However, the stock market tends to welcome news of a cut in rat...

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U.S. Household Net Worth Climbs to the highest level in 2Q-2015

The wealth of American households climbed to a new peak in the second quarter, bolstered by rising real-estate values that more than compensated for a flat stock market. The net worth of U.S. households and nonprofit organizations—the value of homes, stocks, bonds and other assets minus all mortgages, debts and other liabilities—climbed by $695 billion to $85.7 trillion, according to a Federal Reserve report released Friday. The report provides a snapshot of the robustness of American ...

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