25 Mar '14, 4am

Mortgage interest rate hike won't be big: economists #PR

They explained that the end of quantitative easing policies in the US may result in rate hikes globally, including in Singapore. However, the US Federal Reserve is expected to raise its short-term, ultra-low rates only after mid-2015 and the increase will not be big. Tim Condon, chief economist for Asia at ING Bank, said benchmark rates here such as the SIBOR (Singapore Interbank Offered Rate) will likely stay flat until Q4 2015. “Conditions in the US economy don't warrant a radical, abrupt tightening of money policy so even if interest rates are raised, it will still remain historically low,” he noted. The SIBOR or the rate banks lend to each other and usually used to set mortgage levels stands at 0.402 percent for the three-month borrowing period. At the end of Q3 2013, the SIBOR climbed from 0.374 percent after the Fed warned it would taper its monetary stimulus, said D...

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