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Mateja_headshotThe Federal Reserve announced in December that it will reduce its bond purchases from $85 billion to $75 billion per month, starting the process of scaling back its massive quantitative easing program. In mid-2013, interest rates headed up as investors anticipated that this tapering would begin soon. Yield on 10-year Treasury notes rose from 1.61 percent in May to as high as 3 percent in September. Most economists agree that the tapering program will continue to drive rates skyward.

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