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Provided by the Investment Professionals of Frost Investment Advisors | April 25 , 2022

Rate Hikes around the Corner as Mortgages Continue Climb Above 5%

Markets Inconsistent on Rate Hike Expectations as Powell Increases Hawkishness

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell confirmed that a 50 basis point (half a percent) increase in the federal funds rate is “on the table” during a panel at last week’s International Monetary Fund meeting. Powell added, “It is appropriate, in my view, to be moving a little more quickly.” The markets expected this, with some forecasting a 75 basis point hike in June. In all, the futures market currently expects 13 quarter-point interest rate hikes in this tightening cycle.

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