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Stocks and Bonds are up this morning as the Fed starts their two-day Open Market Committee meeting.  The Fed’s goal is balance.  They seek to regulate the velocity of economic growth in our country: not too fast and not too slow.  The statement from the last FOMC meeting reiterated their objective of a 2.0% growth rate.

The Producer Price Index released today dropped from 0.4% last month to 0.3% this month, while the Core PPI (excluding food and energy) fell from 0.5% to 0.0%. Tomorrow’s Consumer Pricing numbers will tell help tell the whole story of the rising (or not) cost of goods.  A 0.25% bump in short-term rates tomorrow is a given.  The last few times that the Fed has raised rates, our mortgage rates actually improved.  So stay tuned!