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How do you compare 10-year treasury rates to historical rates?

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Investors can compare the current 10-year treasury rates to historical rates at StLouisFed.org and Multpl.com. Whereas Multpl displays 10-year treasury rates on a table or a graph at annual or monthly intervals, the bank provides daily data on a customizable graph.

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Users can adjust the way the graph at the Federal Bank of St. Louis displays the treasury rates. Click Graph to reveal the settings. The settings allow the user to change the graph type, font options, chart size and chart color. Users can also add other types of financial data on top of the treasury rates by clicking Add Data Series and picking a data type from the drop-down list.

On Multpl, click Chart above the table to view the data on a graph. Unlike the graph at the St. Louis bank site, the graph at Multpl is not adjustable. Multpl has treasury rate data going as far back as January 1, 1871. In comparison, the Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis has no data from before January 1, 1962. As of December 2015, 15.32 percent and 1.53 percent are the highest and the lowest treasury rates have ever been, respectively.

Treasury rate, also called treasure yield, is the rate at which the U.S. government pays back the investors who lend money to the government. Because of the low risk involved in lending money to the government, treasury rates are often low.

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