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Interest rates and inflation: IU experts available to comment

Interest rates.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday another 0.75% spike in interest rates, bringing the rate to its highest level since 2008. It’s the agency’s latest effort to combat inflation by driving down consumer demand. The Fed’s sixth consecutive rate hike comes as the cost of many consumer goods continues to rise.

Indiana University experts are available to comment on interest rates, inflation and fears of a recession.

For more information, contact Barbara Brosher at bbrosher@iu.edu or 812-855-1175.

R. Andrew Butters
IU Bloomington

R. Andrew Butters

Kelley School of Business

R. Andrew Butters is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the IU Kelley School of Business. Before joining Kelley, he was an associate economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Expertise

Industrial organization, applied econometrics, productivity, market integration.

Sara Coers
IUPUI

Sara Coers

Kelley School of Business

Sara Coers is a lecturer in real estate and the associate director of the IU Center for Real Estate Studies, leading the IU real estate program’s efforts on IUPUI’s campus. She has 15 years of experience in commercial real estate appraisal.

Expertise

Commercial real estate, valuation.

Joseph Fitter
IU Bloomington

Joseph Fitter

Kelley School of Business

Joseph “Joe” Fitter has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience, having served as finance manager, finance director, operations finance controller and head of finance in high-tech industry positions with Fortune 50 corporations across the United States, southeast Asia and China.

Expertise

Personal finance, financial controllership and management, team development, leadership, international business practices, international finance, China, Chinese business.

Doug McCoy
IU Bloomington

Doug McCoy

Doug McCoy is the director of the Center for Real Estate Studies, the Al and Shary Oak Director of Real Estate and a teaching professor of finance at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Before joining the Kelley faculty in 2006, McCoy was involved in real estate development, investment and property management through his firm, Grant Properties in Bloomington, Indiana.

Expertise

Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Analysis

Phil Powell
IUPUI

Phil Powell

Kelley School of Business

Phil Powell is the associate dean of academic programs and a clinical associate professor of business economics and public policy at IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. He is also the academic director of the Indiana Business Research Center.

Expertise

Business strategy and economic development in emerging markets, U.S. economic policy, industry dynamics of higher education, job markets, talent shortage.

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