Rates Head Higher – Fixed Income Overview

Rates moved slightly higher in September as markets look to the Fed for indications of a taper. Yields on government, corporate and municipal bonds rose, sending bond prices lower.

The Federal Reserve announced that it will probably start tapering its bond-buying strategy as soon as this November, as well as an inclination to start raising rates in 2022. Bond buying by the Fed has been a stimulus process that has helped maintain low-interest rates.

FreddieMac reported that the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage rose to 3.01% as of September 30th, the highest weekly increase since February.

Sources: U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve, FreddieMac

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