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Trade Wars Put Downward Pressure on Interest Rates

July 22, 2019

ATLANTA–“An accommodative stance.” That’s how Marcus & Millichap describes the Federal Reserve’s approach to interest rates as trade wars continue to wage and “weigh on the economy.”

In its latest Financial Markets Research Brief, the firm explains that, given weaker inflation and slowing economic indicators—along with ever-escalating global trade tensions—“the Fed reinforced its willingness to cut rates and even let inflation rise above the two percent level going forward, a notable shift in its historical policy framework designed to increase future flexibility.”

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