In this episode of Apex Education, Ryan discusses the recent increases in interest rates by the Fed.
In recent months the Fed has made several increases to our interest rates. Ryan explains how these increases will impact the average person. As the Fed raises rates, mortgage rates will also increase in correlation with the interest rates. This will impact people who are going out and attempting to get a mortgage or attempting to refinance their current mortgage. This proves especially difficult for people in retirement who are trying to refinance their primary homes because they do not have a paycheck. This makes securing loans from the bank difficult.
So, Ryan’s advice to people who are thinking about refinancing their homes, is that they should probably do this sooner rather than later. This is because it is unlikely, although not impossible that the Fed would change their current course of direction and decrease rates anytime soon.
These rate increases will also impact bond in fixed income investments. As rates increase, bonds and other fixed income products lose value. There is an inverse correlation between rates and values of bonds.
So, if you have these types of investment holdings within your portfolio then you should speak to a professional to see how increased interest rates could potentially impact your overall asset values.
Lastly, as interest rates increase and mortgage rates follow their lead, traditionally real estate values have decreased. This is because individuals, when taking a mortgage with a higher interest rate cannot get as large of a loan as compared to lower interest rates. So, if there are less people in the market for homes due to non-favorable mortgage rates then there is less of a demand on the buying side and home values could potentially suffer