Interest rates
Interest rates
Already-low interest rates rose steadily in 2009 as the economy slowly began to recover, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year note hitting 4.01% in the spring of 2010. But since then, extreme fear has settled in, causing investors to flee for the safety of government-backed U.S. Treasuries, sending 10-year yields tumbling.


@CNNMoney - Last updated January 18 2013: 5:12 PM ET