If you follow the news much, you’re aware that interest rates have recently been a frequent topic of discussion. Here’s a very helpful piece put out by the NY Times on the history of interest rates and the impact that a likely rate increase will have on the marketplace. In sum, the article helpfully points out that rates have historically been quite low, and that a small increase by the Federal Open Market Committee is not a need for concern. The interactive part of the article is especially informative.