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Long Interest Rates, 1790 to Present

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On January 2, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In Fixed Income/Interest Rates | Comments Disabled

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The great irony of the fiscal cliff settlement is that US borrowing rates are as cheap as they have been throughout the History of the US.

Now would be the least expensive time in most of your lifetimes to:

A) Rebuild the US infrastructure of Airports, Mass Transit, Ports, Waterways;
B) Upgrade and Secure the US Electrical grid, including making it more secure from hackers;
C) Improve the security of nuclear plants, ports, and chemical manufacturing plants;
D) Upgrade Roads, Bridges, Tunnels;
E) Improve public outdoor lighting, including “smarter” lights and traffic sensors

At some point int he future, your kids are going to ask — “Wait, you could have upgraded _______ and it only would have cost you 2.5% in borrowing costs?!?”

 

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