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Chart of the Week: Real Fed Funds Rate

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On June 22, 2004 @ 11:32 am In Finance | Comments Disabled

“Monetary policy is easy and by one measure has gotten easier,” according to Deutsche Bank. DB notes “Against the backdrop of an accommodative monetary stance, the economy will continue to perform well, especially interest sensitive sectors.”

Real Fed Funds Rate at New Low
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Source: DB Global Markets Research

“It is no wonder then that interest sensitive spending — housing construction, building material, furniture and motor vehicles sales — has been so strong. Low real rates encourage consumers to take on debt. This will continue until interest rates move up substantially from their current levels.”

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