Fed should stop, not pause

Perspective: Higher interest rates pose worrisome risks for real estate

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No one likes inflation, and the Federal Reserve’s mission to fight this economic woe is an excellent concept for a government agency. Yet each time the Fed acts, or fails to act, the U.S. economy in general and the gigantic real estate sector in particular are at risk. That’s why the Fed’s hand on the lever of the U.S. economy should be moved at all times with delicacy and caution, and right now, not at all.

The Fed has already increased its key short-term benchmark interest rate 17 times since mid-2004.