June 15, 2017

The Federal Reserve Increases Interest Rates, but Slow Inflation Keeps Mortgage Rates Low

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp breaks down the implications of the Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates earlier this week.


  • The Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) two-day meeting concluded on June 14, with another 25 basis-point increase, from 1.00 percent to 1.25 percent. This was the third increase in six months, with the anticipation that future hikes will come at a slower pace.
  • While the Fed’s decision was anticipated and already accounted for by the market, what lies ahead is less than certain. The Fed is expected to increase rates again this year, but concerns over slow inflation may affect future decisions.
  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen mentioned lower cell-phone and prescription-drug costs as the main drivers of falling inflation, the forecast for which has been downgraded for the remainder of the year. Nevertheless, the declining U.S. unemployment rate suggests that employment is reaching maximum levels, and consequently, employers need to raise wages to attract and retain workers. The increase in wages should drive up inflation gradually.


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