LendingTree Fed Rate Forecast: Chief Economist Predicts a Pause at June 27 – 28 Meeting

Released  June 21, 2007
By Megan Greuling

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 21, 2007 – The next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28. LendingTree Chief Economist Jim Svinth forecasts the eighth straight pause in interest rate hikes.

“The Fed is stuck in neutral and will likely keep the Fed Funds target at 5.25% at their next meeting,” says Mr. Svinth. “The two driving variables right now are the domestic housing market and global inflation risk. The FOMC will continue to watch both of these indicators closely to see which one tips the scale before a rate change is made.”

The Federal Reserve pause campaign has lasted nearly one year dating back to August 8, 2006.

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

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Launched in 1998 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, LendingTree, LLC also owns and operates LendingTree Loans sm, LendingTree Settlement Services, LLC, GetSmart®, and HomeLoanCenter.com. LendingTree, LLC is an operating company of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).