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When Interest Rates Go Up, What Will This Mean For the Mortgage Market and the Wider Economy?

Oct 2015
Policy Brief
By  Michael Best

These days monetary policy observers are all fixated on the same question: “How soon will interest rates go up?” Amid this frenzy of crystal ball staring we might want to stop and ask what we think the inevitable interest rate increases will actually mean for the economy. Will higher interest rates slow the economy down significantly? Or even push it into recession? If so, how will they do so and who will be most affected?