Washington Post

Rare trifecta of soaring stocks, cheap loans and low inflation coming to an end

Good fortune is melting away, imperiling the props that have supported American economic confidence and incomes. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Michael Nagle

For most of the past decade, as the U.S. economy marched through the second-longest expansion in its history, Americans enjoyed a rare trifecta: soaring stock values, cheap loans and consumer prices that rarely rose.

That favorable climate benefited everyone from people nearing retirement to those buying their first homes or just filling their gas tanks...

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