Well, we’ve been on the roller coaster of opinion about a rate hike for some time. Latest news is that there won’t be one…but there might be one by year end. I wonder how much it cost to have all of that discussion in the ether…but I could have done it free, right here. MIGHT be one? Please. Seriously, I could have said that. I DID say that, in fact.
Janet Yellen had some apparent brain “pauses” in her speech and was, according to CNN, seen by doctors when she finished. It takes a lot out of you to predict the future politically correctly, I guess. I’m not having any brain cramps, spending no money, and I can tell you exactly what will happen. Here goes. Note that I don’t have any wolves at my door that I know of.
OK. Cracking my knuckles. Here goes: As soon as the “FED” decides they can successfully take more money into their coffers, they will. There. Not dehydrated, not feeling dizzy. I’m good. But make no mistake about it, the powers that be know that if they MENTION rate hike the economy…our THRIVING economy…goes running for the hills. We have NOT recovered from the fall, we are not back to the pinnacle. We’re not ready. And I’m guessing that many of us have decided that its a good idea for us to keep more of our hard earned money, rather than sending it out in interest. Call me crazy but I think that’s ALWAYS been a good idea, although believe me, I’ve paid my share of interest.
I have heard a hundred people say they don’t do credit cards anymore. Why? Interest. People are buying so many homes there’s a housing shortage. Why? Interest. It’s LOW. How stupid do you have to be to think that the very thing people AVOID would be a good idea to INCREASE…for the economy?
Watch these people. Watch how many times they threaten to raise rates and then back down because the ‘economy’ runs for the hills. They’re testing the waters on a regular basis. When the economy really IS strong and people have confidence it will stay that way? Then it will be time to raise rates. In the meantime, if you’re thinking of buying or selling, do it now before they pull that trigger. Great time to list while there is a housing shortage…and to buy while rates are…I can’t believe it’s been low so long…low.
Do something joyful today.