LendingTree Fed Rate Forecast: Chief Economist Predicts a Pause at January 30 Meeting

Released  January 25, 2007
By Megan Greuling

CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 25, 2007 – The next Federal Open Market Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 30. LendingTree Chief Economist Jim Svinth forecasts the fifth straight pause in rate hikes.

“I forecast no change to the federal funds target rate coming from the January 2007 meeting,” said Mr. Svinth. “Given the continued cross-currents in the economic data, I believe the Fed will continue to stand pat and wait for their past actions to take hold to bring core inflation back into their comfort zone of one to two percent.”

The Federal Reserve paused at the last four meetings – August 8, September 20, October 24 – 25 and December 12– leaving its federal funds rate at 5.25%.

“The message given by the Fed on Tuesday will be another indicator that the economy needs more time for the last 17 straight rate hikes to sink in.”

Note to Editors: Jim Svinth is available for print, radio and broadcast interviews – live or taped.

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