- Articles - 2013 - Fed Funds Interest Rates vs. S&P500 Index
Kirk Windsurfing at Palo Alto in SF Bay in May 2009
 Fed Funds Rate vs. S&P500 Index Prices

Federal Reserve Fed Funds Interest Rates vs Stock Prices

Return to home page and Articles Page  -  Gold Charts

June 5, 2013: In the United States, the federal funds rate1 is the interest rate at which depository institutions actively trade balances held at the Federal Reserve, called federal funds, with each other, usually overnight, on an uncollateralized basis. Institutions with surplus balances in their accounts lend those balances to institutions in need of larger balances. The federal funds rate is an important benchmark in financial markets.

The current target rate for the Fed Funds interest rate is a range between 0.0% to 0.25%.  I show the midpoint on my graph below at 0.125%.

Median Single-Family Home Prices


The interest rate that the borrowing bank pays to the lending bank to borrow the funds is negotiated between the two banks, and the weighted average of this rate across all such transactions is the federal funds effective rate.
The federal funds target rate is determined by a meeting of the members of the Federal Open Market Committee which normally occurs eight times a year about seven weeks apart. The committee may also hold additional meetings and implement target rate changes outside of its normal schedule.

Gold -


30-Year Conventional Mortgage Rates 30-Year FHA Mortgage Rates
30-Year Conventional Mortgage Rate Historical Chart 30-Year FHA Mortgage Rate Historical Chart
Note 1.  Source: private data in Excel and
Click for FREE sample of Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter

Return to home page


Disclaimer:  The information contained in this web site is not intended to constitute financial advice, and is not a recommendation or solicitation to buy, sell or hold any security. This blog is strictly informational and educational and is not to be construed as any kind of financial advice, investment advice or legal advice. Copyright © Kirk Lindstrom. Note: "CORE & Explore®" was coined by and is a registered trademark of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.