Quantitative Easing: Rate Recap & Timeline

For the past 2.5 years, the Fed has run two rounds of rate stimulus known as quantitative easing (QE), which is bond buying to drive prices up and rates down. QE2 ends June 30, so here’s a chart recapping 30yr fixed rates from crisis peak to now. It’s labeled to show how QE1, QE2, and other factors impacted rates. Stay tuned as we track where rates go from here.

Click chart to enlarge, and see more Quantitative Easing 101 links below.

Quantitative Easing 101 (part 1): Timeline
Quantitative Easing 101 (part 2): Dollar Impact
Quantitative Easing 101 (part 3): Inflation Impact
Quantitative Easing 101 (part 4): Consumer Q&A

  • http://www.primevalues.org/ PrimeValues.org

    it’s interesting… I’ve seen a curve depicting the effects of QE1, QE2, QE3… strangely QE3 had quite a weak effect on commodity prices, at least gold and silver dipped backwards… It seemed like it was headed to 1600 $ an ounce instead of 2000 $…

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