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Interest Rates: Follow The Leader

|Includes: SPDR Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF (BIL)

On December 16, 2015, we published an article titled "Interest Rate Policy: Bizarre to the Uninitiated". In that hit job against the Federal Reserve, we said the following:

"The article ["Bizarre Theory That Says Fed Increases Will Fuel Inflation"] promotes the idea that the Federal Reserve somehow is on the leading edge of setting policy. We don't believe this to be the case. In our November 2015 article on gold and interest rates, we said that market rate movements take place before the Federal Reserve takes action, rather than the other way around."

In this piece, we track interest rates from the recent all-time lows and compare the Federal Reserve Bank Discount Rate to the 3-month Treasury Rates (NYSEARCA:BIL). In the chart at the link below, we demonstrate how the Federal Reserve routinely follows the activity of market rates as reflected in the 3-month Treasury Rates.

NLO Interest Rate Monitor