Low Interest Rates Don't Build Wealth

Low interest rates are celebrated by financial markets. They make other asset classes look relatively more attractive and drive the prices of equities, property and bonds higher. We all feel wealthier (not to mention smarter!) because the market value of our house, shares or retirement savings has risen. If we wanted to spend all our money on hamburgers tomorrow, this might be fair enough, with lower interest rates we can buy more hamburgers than we could before. But for most of us the purpose of investment portfolio is to provide for the long term needs of ourselves and our...

Low interest rates are celebrated by financial markets. They make other asset classes look relatively more attractive and drive the prices of equities, property and bonds higher. We all feel wealthier (not to mention smarter!) because the market value of our house, shares or retirement savings has risen.

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