NEW YORK ( ETF Expert) -- In September 2012, the Federal Reserve announced its largest debt-buying policy ever. The $85-billion-per-month endeavor sent mortgage rates to amazingly low levels. Real estate purchases soared, property prices rose sharply and homeowners became enamored with "3.4% Fixed for 30 years."Naturally, the central bank hoped that its manipulation of interest rates would inspire conspicuous spending. Yet, that's not all that the Fed managed to electrify. Ultra-low rates also encouraged titanic risk-taking in the U.S. stock market.
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