WEALTH Matters — Spring 2014

INTEREST RATE TRENDS

Interest rates offered on GICs of all terms declined in the first quarter of 2014, along with declining yields on US 10-year government bonds. GIC terms of 1 to 3 years offered new record-low post-2008 yields, while 4 and 5-year rates remain near their 2012 levels (Source: Cannex).

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Bond yields had risen markedly in 2013 in response to the US Federal Reserve’s announcement of gradual reductions (tapering) in its monthly bond-buying program. The market had gotten comfortable with the idea of tapering off the purchases, and conflict in Ukraine sent some capital seeking the perceived safety of US bonds, both factors pushing bond prices higher, and softening yields.

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The US Federal Reserve plans to continue reducing its monthly bond-buying program gradually to 0 by the end of 2014, provided that US job growth does not falter. The Fed’s tapering may not further raise bond yields as long as other buyers step into the market.

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