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April 2021 / VIDEO

Are Rising Rates Good or Bad for Stocks?

Rising rates could present a dilemma for stock investors

Key Insights

  • Although rising interest rates are typically a headwind for stocks, the reality is not that obvious. 
  • Rising rates may make bonds relatively attractive (given higher expected returns), but the anticipated growth likely needed to raise rates could boost stock returns. 
  • Our review of rising-rate environments over the past 30 years shows that, in a strong recovery, rising rates may not necessarily be detrimental to stocks.


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