Isn’t this a great time to increase interest rates? We have high unemployment, nothing is made in America and?

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we have a risk for hyperinflation. New Businesses need capital in the form of mortgages. That is how you start new businesses.

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. economy struggles to regain its footing, financial experts are predicting higher interest rates are on the way.

Such an occurrence would mean higher rates for mortgages, car payments and other loans. Still, for some people, that might be good news.

Although America’s economy is starting to grow again, the industry at the center of the economic bust continues to struggle.

Interest Rates and Housing

“We have yet to see evidence of a sustained recovery in the housing market,” Federal Reserve Chairmain Ben Bernanke said.

Now, there’s talk of raising interest rates.

Thomas Hoenig, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, said the Fed should start raising rates soon. He warns leaving them near zero increases the risk of inflation.

But since other members of the Fed may not agree, it may be a while before the Fed starts to hike short-term rates.

In the meantime, longer-term rates have already been climbing and Americans will definitely feel the difference.

People taking out loans for cars and houses will get less bang for their borrowed buck. The reasoning is that for every percentage point interest rates rise, a buyer’s purchasing power is reduced by approximately 10 percent.

According to the Association of Realtors, $ 300,000 to $ 400,000 would-be buyers are priced out of the market in a given year.

Impact on Uncle Sam

However, the good news is that people who save money will earn a little more interest on their savings accounts and other investments like CDs.

Meanwhile, higher interest rates will also have an impact on the biggest borrower of all: the federal government.

Paying off the interest on those huge federal deficits could get more and more expensive in the years ahead.

By some estimates, the interest costs alone will reach $ 840 billion by the year 2020.

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/finance/2010/April/Interest-Rates-Rising-What-That-Means-for-You/
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CG-11 growing fast for whom China. Are you from China or some other country sucking off our system and leaving us hungry.
Barry – high priced labor where did you get that? When you adjust for inflation we have one of the lowest priced labor. Why do you think everyone is flocking to welfare.

5 Comments
  1. Reply
    Jeff-Spicoli
    May 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

    They’ll have to budd if they want to support the dollar and spur investments in the bullet train bro..

    Sorry Gold dudes..

  2. Reply
    Ed
    May 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Have you sent your thank you note to bush & company yet?

  3. Reply
    CG-11
    May 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Yep that is exactly how Keynes described the way to slam the brakes on an economy that is growing too fast.

  4. Reply
    Barry McCockiner
    May 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Inflation is a bigger concern than unemployment. Even if everyone had a job, what good is it when nobody can afford anything? The fact that nothing is manufactred in the U.S. Is just the fallout from high-priced labor.

    Inflationary impacts to labor are exactly what I’m talking about! Raise the interest rate to control for inflation. Your logic is kind of circular.

  5. Reply
    gurrawar s
    May 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Yes, high priced labor, compared to the rest of the world ( because of the dollar conversion, every advantage has its disadvantages)

    No infrastructure ( especially railways and road transport) and forced to spend money on fuel and cars.

    So there are jobs, plenty of jobs, but not the jobs that can be done cheaper by doing them here. The jobs that can only be done here are infrastructure development, Roads are already built, no one wants railways and buses( which could generate thousands of jobs and save money for the poor).

    Basic idea is , balance of trade. With dollar value set to so high, its tough to have balance of trade.
    The trade thats already there is only because of the technological edge that US has. When that is not more valid, is the time to think of

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