Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Simple Explanation of the Federal Reserve Staement of Last Week

Reviewing the June 24 2009 FOMC AnnouncementThe Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged last week on June 24th within its target range of 0.000-0.250 percent.

The Fed also reiterated its plan to support the mortgage market to the tune of $1.5 trillion.

In its press release, the FOMC noted that the U.S. economy is not slowing with the same speed versus just two months ago and that financial markets, in general, are improving.

These are two signs that the country may be emerging from recession, if it hasn't already. ANd that means good news for the real estate market which usually leads the way into and out of economic times like these.

The news isn't all good, however. The Fed made a point to highlight the potential hazards the nations faces on its path to economic recovery:

  • The prices of energy and commodities have been rising

  • Job losses are still mounting nationally

  • Businesses are reducing capital expenditures

Also in its statement, the Fed acknowledged a plan to hold the Fed Funds Rate near zero percent "for an extended period" and a re-commitment to the U.S. Treasury and Mortgage Bond markets.

Market reaction to the Fed's press release has been muted.

With no new stimulus and no new "tools" to spur the economy unveiled, Wall Street is business as usual. Mortgage rates are unchanged post-FOMC today.

So it would seem when all is said and done, that even if we are coming out of the toughest times, there will still be plaenty of challenges to meet us on the way out.

The FOMC's next scheduled meeting is August 11-12, 2009.

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