Interest Rates and Prices Could Fall in 2024

The eagerly anticipated interest rate-cutting cycle might kick off as early as March 2024, as speculated by some voices on Wall Street. While a reduction in the Federal Reserve’s policy rate could offer relief to the commercial real estate industry, historical trends indicate that asset prices haven’t always responded favorably to this shift.

The decision to cut interest rates is a nuanced one, and the rationale behind these anticipated rate cuts can provide insights into the potential trends for the year ahead. In a noticeable shift during its December meeting, the Fed’s policy-making committee deviated from its previous “higher-for-longer” stance, acknowledging the possibility of rate cuts for the first time in several years. Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated, “Our policy rate is likely at or near its peak for this tightening cycle.”

However, Powell’s comments at December’s press conference went beyond this statement. He highlighted, “Recent indicators suggest that the growth of economic activity has considerably slowed from the robust pace observed in the third quarter.

*Article courtesy of Costar

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