March 17, 2017

The Fed Is Sizing Up the Economy: All Quiet on the Western Front

Following the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) two-day meeting this week, Chairperson Janet Yellen announced the decision to continue gradually raising interest rates, with another 25 basis-point increase to a target rate between 0.75 percent and 1.00 percent. This was a second increase in three months, with expectations of two more hikes later this year.

Yellen was resolute in her statements that any future increases will remain gradual in order to minimize the shock to financial markets. And indeed, the decision was largely anticipated and hence already built into the financial markets’ response. One unanticipated market response was a drop in the value of dollar, which reflected analysts’ disappointment that the FOMC did not suggest more than two rate increases through the end of the year. Remaining on the rate-increase path that was previously suggested indicates that the Fed’s position on the economic outlook is dovish.

Do what do higher rates mean for the housing market?  Hear what our Chief Economic Selma Hepp has to say at http://pacunion.us/2mXYXDD

 


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