Interest Rates

Difference between US 3-Month T-bills vs Fed Funds: 1956-2008

Interest Rates and Fed Funds

I plotted the historical spread between Effective Fed Funds rate and US 3-Month T-bills back to 1956 using the weekly average. This a companion graph to Anatomy of a Financial Crisis: September 2008 

Data from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Anatomy of a Financial Crisis: September 2008

Interest Rates and Fed Funds
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I have plotted the US 3-Month T-bills: Secondary Market rate (green line) vs the Effective Fed Funds rates (orange) for Sept 2008. The major events of the recent financial crisis have been included. {Click on the image to take a closer look}

Data from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Nominal vs Real 3-Month Interest Rate: 1934-2008

View Nominal vs Real 3-Month Interest Rate updated to 2010

I have plotted the 3-Month T-bills: Secondary Market rate (green line) vs the inflation adjusted (i.e. Real) 3-Month T-bills rate (orange) from Jan 1934-Sept 2008. The inflation number I used is CPI-U 3-month % change multiplied by 4.

Real Interest Rates
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All Sources of Income for Top 0.01 Percent

In my earlier post on Sources of Income of the super rich I plotted the percentage of income that comes from wages, entrepreneurial income, dividend income, interest income, rental income, and capital gains for the Top 0.01 percent. Here I am posting the same data but this time all income sources are on the same graph. {Click on the graph to take a closer look}

All Income Sources of top 0.01 percent

A few items that caught my attention: the decline (starting in the 1930s) of the importance of Dividend income which was replaced in part by "Entrepreneurial" income then Capitals Gains and finally in the 60s by Wages. Also in the 70s and 80s Interest income becomes more important no doubt due to the high interest rates during those decades.

The income data can be found on Emmanuel Saez's web site.

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