16:52 15 December
This week, the Federal Reserve indicated that interest rates will be raised next year. In a statement issued from the policy meeting, the Federal Reserve said monetary policy will be “normalized.”
Since 2008, rates have hovered near zero, with the Federal Reserve offering consistent assurances that rates would remain near zero to contend the economy’s low inflation and high unemployment rate. The proposed normalization won’t happen overnight. Even with increased rates, the flow of the economy will still be considered, with rates beginning to rise mid-2015.
But, not everyone is in agreement. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said rate increases might need to come sooner than the Fed plans. Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said the Fed isn’t putting enough weight on the risks of low inflation. And Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser wants the Fed to stop giving time-linked guidance about its rate plans.”
Rates are predicted at anywhere from 0.375% to 4% by the end of 2016, with no solid figure agreed upon. All except two policy makers noted that they predicted an increase of short-term interest rates in 2015. Their median estimate put short-term borrowing rates at 1.125% in the next year. For 2016, the median rate estimate was 2.5% and for 3.625% for 2017. Of course, this is all gradual and dependent on the growth of the economy.
While the labor market has improved, with a lower unemployment rate, inflation could alter plans. The Labor Department reported recently that consumer prices dropped 0.3% in November. This is marked as the largest one-month drop since the massive financial crisis in 2008. Federal officials have confidence that this drop, as well as the recent oil declines, won’t completely hinder their efforts. Inflation developments will be watched carefully, and we’ll monitor developments from the next policy meeting to take place January 27-28.
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