Note: This article was originally published by the Central Penn Business Journal. Click here to read the original version.
By now you have likely heard about the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voting in December to raise the federal funds rate for the first time in almost 10 years. And if you haven’t, well, it’s time to take a crash course in what’s going on, and specifically how it will impact our local economy!
Mostly symbolic, this initial rate increase was just the first step in what will likely be a drawn-out process of monetary policy normalization. An important conclusion we can draw, is that it reflects the FOMC’s belief that the labor market is close enough to full employment.
While a 25-basis-point increase alone is not very significant, what matters most is where things head next. We can reason that the monetary policy, via the federal funds rate, will remain favorable in the near future. Also, current market conditions suggest inflation will remain below 2% for the next 10 years.
With a basic background as to what’s going on, let’s dive a little deeper into what this activity means for our economy, specifically for commercial real estate.