Analysis

As Tech Valuations Soar, Eyes Turn to Interest Rates

As Tech Valuations Soar, Eyes Turn to Interest Rates
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Photo by Reuters/ Gary Cameron

It’s the economy, stupid.

Anyone following today’s technology boom should keep Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign mantra in mind. Low interest rates are drastically inflating the value of companies both public and private, according to a growing chorus of investors and analysts, and an improvement in the global economy will almost certainly drive rates higher and bring valuations down.

The question then is not whether a big correction will come, but when.


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