September 9, 2019

With the Federal Reserve once again in the news, it is worth discussing this important organization and its role in the economy and investing.  The Federal Reserve System (or more simply the “Fed”) is the central bank of the United States.  The overall system is comprised of 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks that support the needs of loca...

March 25, 2019

As most economists expected, the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady last week.  Despite the uneventful outcome on rates, markets had several volatile sessions as investors digested the Federal Reserve’s economic outlook.  The bottom line is that economic risks are increasing, and short-term interest rates are likely to remain flat...

January 28, 2019

After a bear market (20%) decline in stocks in the 4th quarter of 2018, the stock market is off to a positive start in 2019.  When you read the news, it seems incredible that stocks could be rising.  Certainly, there seems to be plenty in the news to be worried about:  the government shut-down, a trade war with China, slowing global growt...

March 26, 2018

Last Wednesday (March 21st), the Federal Reserve announced it would raise its benchmark interest rate by .25% from 1.5 to 1.75. This move was made in response to strong job gains and continued low unemployment and appears to have been well anticipated by the financial markets. In their announcement, the Federal Open Market Committee respo...

February 26, 2018

The good news continues to roll in for the global economy. As we discussed at last week’s investor conference, one of the most prominent features of the current global expansion is its breadth, as almost every part of the world is growing. However, the most recent forecasts for global growth had a new feature, ‘acceleration.’ For example,...

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