Payroll numbers up -- but nothing changed in rate plans

  • Long-term rates are affected by trouble overseas, pulling them lower.
  • If the picture here is good, how awful does the outside world have to be to hold our rates down this way? Awful, and it is.
  • Brexit still gets the headlines, but that story itself gets too much attention. Real trouble lies on the continent.

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Oh, goody. More chaos. Long-term rates all over the world have been cruising lower, pulled down by trouble over there — trouble which we’ve known about for years, but which Brexit emphasized.