Rising interest rates would be a boon to housing finance agencies as they look to bounce back from a slump brought on by the 2008 financial crisis, Standard & Poor’s said in a report.

More than 80% of HFAs said they would benefit from higher rates, according to an S&P survey of 32 issuers. The study suggests historically low interest rates that have gripped the market since the onset of the Great Recession hinder bond issuance and profitability, the Sept. 3 S&P report said. Low rates may also hurt issuer credit ratings.

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