May 01, 2022
By David Gruber, Investment Advisor Representative at World Trend Financial
Interest rates have begun to increase this year in response to inflation that is running at a 40-year high. How will you be affected?
Any interest rate revision can cause a ripple effect throughout the economy. Accordingly, the Federal Reserve’s actions probably will exert at least a moderate influence over financial choices that you may make at home and in your business in 2022 and beyond.
Savings and debt
As a consumer, you stand to gain from rising interest rates because you will likely earn a better return on your deposits. Over the last ten years, placing your money in a certificate of deposit or passbook savings account has been hardly more profitable than stuffing it under a mattress. On the other hand, the cost of borrowing money will increase. As a result, mortgages, car loans, and credit cards will demand higher interest rates. That is not a big deal if you are already locked into low-interest fixed-rate loans. But if you have a variable rate loan or carry balances on your credit cards, you may find your monthly payments starting to increase.
On the investment front, market volatility may increase because rate increases are not completely predictable. Market sectors will exhibit varied responses to changes in interest rates. Those sectors that are less dependent on discretionary income may be less affected – after all, you need to buy gas, clothes, and groceries regardless of changes in interest rates.
As you adjust your financial plan, you might only need to make minor changes. Staying the course with a well-diversified retirement portfolio is still a prudent strategy. However, you may want to review your investment allocations.
Rising interest rates can also affect your business. If your company’s balance sheet has variable-rate debt, rising interest rates can affect your bottom line and possibly your plans for growth. As the cost of borrowing increases, taking out loans for new equipment or financing expansion with credit may become less desirable.
Please reach out to David at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about deciding on the most beneficial response to potential future changes in interest rates. Or you can contact any of the investment advisor representatives at World Trend Financial. They can be reached in Cedar Rapids at 319-364-3041, or in Iowa City at 319-339-4884.