In September 2022, the Federal Reserve Bank raised interest rates for the fifth time this year while indicating plans for additional rate hikes as inflation persists. This latest 0.75 percentage point rate hike brings the federal funds rate to a range of 3 percent to 3.25 percent, up from zero at the start of the […]
The Fed has been pulling away much of the stimulus provided during the pandemic in an effort to help quell inflationary pressures. While these efforts will slow the U.S. economy, they also create challenges for international economies given the dollar role as the worlds reserve currency. In this episode, the finance guys explore some of […]
In this episode, the relatable finance guys recap an eventful first three quarters of 2022 including historic moves in inflation and interest rates, the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the impact on the stock and bond markets.
In July 2022, the Federal Reserve Bank enacted its fourth interest rate hike for the year and its second consecutive 0.75 percentage point increase in an attempt to rein in record-high inflation without triggering a prolonged recession. While additional rate increases are expected in the Fall, the benchmark federal funds rate, which began the year […]
In this episode the Relatable Finance guys discuss the fixed income markets and how the recent jump in interest rates have affected performance. They also go into how this is different than the past 40 years and the key factors that affect fixed income returns.
The Relatable Finance guys talk about the rising prices in the real estate market and how the added cost of recent interest rate increases affects your ability to purchase a home. They also discuss some less obvious housing costs along with some benefits of having a mortgage.
After raising interest rates for the first time in three years, the Federal Reserve Bank announced in March that it expects a series of additional rate increases that would bring the federal funds rate to approximately 2.75 percent by the end of 2023. The last time rates were that high was in 2008. What does […]
With a broad number of uncertainties, the Relatable Finance guys looks for clues on what could lie ahead, and how the current environment could shape the upcoming mid-term elections/policy moving forward.
In this episode, the relatable finance guys discuss what the media means when they say rising interest rates and how this affects investors, borrowers and basically everyone. We also dive into how this has recently affected certain areas of the stock market.