Banker survey shows rural economic improvement


By Tom Steever, Brownfield

February 18, 2021


A survey of Midwestern bank CEOs indicates improvement in the rural economy. The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index shows growth for the fourth time in five months. Creighton rural economist Ernie Goss calls it positive news.


揟he rural Main Street economy, especially that connected to agriculture, is doing very well, in fact [it抯] the best numbers we抳e seen since January of last year,?Goss told Brownfield Ag News Thursday. 揂nd of course, that抯 before COVID-19, the impacts of that, hit a month or two later.?/p>


Goss credits better grain prices, government stimulus checks and the vaccine roll-out, along with bankers?expectations of better livestock prices. This will likely lead to greater inflation, which could result in higher long-term interest rates, said Goss, short-term rates will remain low.


揟he Federal Reserve sets those and they抣l keep them low, but on the long end that will mean mortgage rates and other long-term interest rates, those are likely to rise as inflation rises,?said Goss...


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