Why Interest Rates Will Stay Low

Negative interest rates in Europe and Japan make U.S. bond yields look sky-high by comparison, boosting demand for Treasuries.

The title of my October 2014 column Ignore the Doomsayers. At the risk of plagiarizing myself, what I said nearly two years ago is worth repeating: The benefit of keeping your money at work in high-quality stocks and bonds far outweighs any possible reward from reacting (or, more likely, overreacting) to every market disturbance. If you’ve doubled your money since the financial crisis ended in 2009, don’t get spooked because you didn’t cash out at some fleeting peak and now find your account balances are 10% lighter.

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Jeffrey R. Kosnett
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kosnett is the editor of Kiplinger's Investing for Income and writes the "Cash in Hand" column for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. He is an income-investing expert who covers bonds, real estate investment trusts, oil and gas income deals, dividend stocks and anything else that pays interest and dividends. He joined Kiplinger in 1981 after six years in newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. He is a 1976 journalism graduate from the Medill School at Northwestern University and completed an executive program at the Carnegie-Mellon University business school in 1978.