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- Will Rising Interest Rates Hurt the Stock Market?
You can't listen to the news these days without hearing about how interest rates are at historic lows. In 1981, the 10-year Treasury hit an all-time high of nearly 16 percent. Since then, interest rates have been steadily falling to their current value of around 2 percent. You may be familiar with the relationship between bond investments and interest rates (if not, here's a one sentence answer: bond prices move in the opposite direction of interest rates), but how do interest rates affect the stock market.