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U.S. Banks Squeezed by Interest Rate Disparity
  • While short-term interest rates have risen in anticipation of Fed tightening, longer-term yields have fallen, indicating more tepid growth prospects than previously hoped.
  • This flattening of the yield curve spells trouble for banks’ net interest margins, which already fell to historic lows in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Bank executives hope any decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates is inspired by strength in the U.S. economy as opposed to stymieing unwanted outcomes like a spike in inflation.

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U.S. Banks Squeezed by Interest Rate Disparity

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