By: Mark Wisterman
Tomorrow is being heralded as a big day on Wall Street as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce that they will begin pulling back from their policy of artificially suppressing interest rates at the current level.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke achieved exactly what he set out to do when he rattled the markets in May with talk of tapering. Here’s how:
1. He got the market’s attention that it was not going to go on forever, as some seemed to think, and …
2. He set the stage for very little to happen tomorrow if they do indeed announce the pull back.
Although about the only surprise will be if the Fed continues the current levels of bond purchasing, there are going to be oodles of second guessers, complainers, and Monday morning quarterbacks who will be offering one of following Goldilock’s style complaints:
1. The reduction in bond purchases is too large.
2. The reduction in bond purchases is too small.
3. The reduction should not happen at all because not everything in the economy is “just right.”
Since everyone will have an opinion on this I guess I get to tell you mine:
From a real estate standpoint it is time to end this program, and the sooner the better. Thanks to this program and, the cruddy economy that has also forced interest rates down, the populace has become spoiled and thinks that interest rates above 4.5% are high. The free market must be allowed to function FREELY. That is the ONLYway to have long term health in the housing market.