The U.S central bank has moved swiftly relative to the Great Recession to combat the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Actions from the Fed include dropping the federal funds rate to the “zero-bound,” or near zero and employing unlimited quantitative easing that expands the number of asset-backed bonds the Fed can add to its balance sheet.
Marcus & Millichap’s Research Services has prepared a series of answers to common questions about the economic impact of the Coronavirus.
Key Features Include:
- What’s the impact by property type?
- What are current market activity levels?
- How to stay up to date on information
Fed rate cuts and revival of Quantitative Easing (QE) clearly demonstrates Fed’s commitment to supporting the economy. These actions help guarantee market liquidity, reduce uncertainty and support the funding climate for investors. Exceptionally low interest rates provide unique financing climate for refinancing and acquisitions.
The longest bull market in U.S. history officially came to an end as coronavirus (COVID-19) related fears sent shockwaves through Wall Street. In response, the Fed took decisive action to relieve market anxiety and sustain financial market liquidity. The current volatility in the equities market reinforces the durability of commercial real estate, while record-low interest rates offer a unique financing environment for investors.