Interactive: US market benchmarks

As the Fed aims to end QE in October and the normalised interest rate policy during 2015 looms, a matter for debate among investors is whether the strong performance of both equities and Treasury debt in recent years has peaked.

Against the backdrop of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy that began in 2009, we chart the performance of the two benchmarks, the S&P 500, tracking the world’s largest equity market, and the 10-year Treasury note yield.

The S&P 500 has nearly tripled in value from its financial crisis nadir, while government bond yields, which move inversely with price, have been confined to historically low levels.