Canso March 2006 Market Observer

Rising short-term interest rates were a drag on U.S. markets in 2005, as the Federal Reserve continued to tighten monetary policy. The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by 2% in 2005, but it was somewhat defeated in its efforts by the long end of the bond market. Long bonds refused to submit to the Fed’s higher rate message with long-term bond yields dropping by almost 0.5% over 2005. We saw this particularly in Canada, where higher short-term interest rates were accompanied by significantly lower long-term interest rates.

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Canso March 2006 Market Observer

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