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Michael Van Konyeneburg, president of Eastdil Secured, took a goldilocks view of the economy at the annual Allen Matkins View From the Top conference this week. Van Konyeneburg gave the economic outlook speech at the opening of the conference, providing a comprehensive economic overview supported by a wealth of research from Eastdil Secured. Despite rising interest rates and an acrimonious upcoming midterm election, he sees a well-balanced market with a long list of positive economic stats.

Rising interest rates are among the concerns of the investment community. The Fed has increased rates several times this year, and will likely raise rates an additional one to two times this year, according to Van Konyeneburg. However, he was not concerned, contrasting the rising US rates with low global rates. “There are $7 trillion of sovereign wealth funds that are zero or negative yield,” he said. “We are focused on how high our rates have moved over the last year, but it is in context with how low rates are around the world.” In addition to this international view, Van Konyeneburg added that rising interest rates are also a sign of a growing economy. “[Rising interest rates] are still very benign, and this is also in light of the fact that we have a lot of positive economic numbers: GDP, unemployment, consumer confidence, household net worth, small business optimism. There is a lot of great news,” he said.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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