It has been a reliable fact of life for investors, corporations and ordinary borrowers: interest rates, for the most part, keep heading lower.
But all of that may be about to change.
For prospective homeowners, the cost of mortgages has been going up in recent weeks.
Governments are also facing the prospect of higher borrowing costs down the road, and they are projecting increases to their debt burdens.
Savers with money in bank accounts, on the other hand, have the prospect of finally earning more than a pittance on their deposits.
The interest rate charged by lenders, often cited as the single most important factor behind economic decisions, has been steadily going down for most of the time since the early 1980s, and has fallen to historical lows since the financial crisis. Over the last few months, though, investors and banks have been demanding higher payments for their loans, pushing up interest rates and bond yields.
Story by Nathaniel Popper and Peter Eavis for the New York Times.
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