The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee announced some significant changes in monetary policy: a faster tapering of bond purchases and the possibility of as many as three rate hikes next year. The reasons are concern about inflation, which has been more dogged than the institution had expected, and an improved job landscape. The question for commercial real estate is how the combinations of actions will affect markets.

The Fed stopped referring to inflation as "transitory," acknowledging the condition could last longer than expected. 

"In light of inflation developments and the further improvement in the labor market, the Committee decided to reduce the monthly pace of its net asset purchases by $20 billion for Treasury securities and $10 billion for agency mortgage-backed securities," the Fed noted on Wednesday. "Beginning in January, the Committee will increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $40 billion per month and of agency mortgage‑backed securities by at least $20 billion per month."

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