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Changing market interest rates affect the profitability of many financial-service firms. For up-to-date information concerning the current interest-rate environment, use the Industry tab from S&P’s Market Insight, Educational Version database. Several subindustry categories should appear, including Consumer Finance, Diversified Banks, Diversified Capital Markets, Regional Banks, and Thrifts and Mortgage Finance.
Once an industry group has been chosen you can download one or more S&P Industry Surveys using Adobe Acrobat. The Industry Surveys associated with the above categories include Banking, Financial Services Diversified, and Savings and Loans. Please download these particular surveys and read the information on Interest Rates in the Key Industry Ratios and Statistics section. Write a paragraph concerning recent developments in short-term market interest rates and a paragraph covering long-term interest rates.