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There is considerable debate over which duration strategy might be best as the Federal Reserve raises the federal funds rate. The debate revolves around whether inflation or short-term interest-rate expectations will have more influence over bond performance. Those who regard … Continue reading
It wasn’t a huge surprise when the Federal Open Market Committee left its target for the federal funds rate unchanged between 0.00% and 0.25% at its October meeting. What was surprising was the Fed clearly putting a rate hike on … Continue reading
“When the gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers.” —Karen Blixen, Out of Africa “I can’t get no satisfaction.” —Mick Jagger, Satisfaction After almost seven years and 1,500 points on the S&P 500 Index, it’s hard not to … Continue reading
In 1997, the Federal Reserve (Fed) hiked its target for the federal funds rate from 5.00% to 5.25%. It was only a quarter percentage point. No big deal. It was an even lesser deal when you consider the prevailing level … Continue reading
Dr. Brian Jacobsen CFA, CFP®, joins Wayne Badorf, CFP®, CFS®, and Jon Lagerstedt to connect clients to the capital markets. Listen to the podcast (new window). Jon: This week on The Essential Practice, we’re going to connect clients to the … Continue reading
Because the high-yield corporate market has suffered a significant correction in the past 15 months, I have been arguing that this market now offers excellent long-term value. The most frequent question that I encounter is how the high-yield market will … Continue reading
It used to be that investors looked for two things to support a Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike: continued improvement in the labor market and for the Fed to be “reasonably confident” that inflation would rise to 2% over the … Continue reading
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept its target rate for the federal funds unchanged. In the policy statement, the Fed stated that the economy seems to be advancing at a moderate pace, but global developments may restrain that growth. … Continue reading
Shifting expectations of whether the Federal Reserve (Fed) will or won’t hike interest rates may not be the only factor causing global volatility—just look at how China’s slow growth is roiling markets—but the rate debate is weighing on investors’ minds. … Continue reading
How does market volatility affect central banks and the decisions they make? Dr. Brian Jacobsen, CFA, CFP®, explains in this edition of the On the Trading DeskSM. Listen to the full interview (new window). Well, Brian, let’s start with the … Continue reading