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Fed Raises Rates, Set Sights on Balance Sheet

Fed Raises Rates, Sets Sights on Balance Sheet

As expected, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) resumed its interest rate-normalization strategy, lifting the federal funds rate target 25 basis points at its latest monetary policy meeting. This move marks the central bank’s fourth...
Positioning Your Investments for Rising Rates

Positioning Your Investments for Rising Rates

What to Know The Federal Reserve (Fed) has raised short-term interest rates three times since this rate hike cycle began in December 2015. With the long-awaited normalization of rates upon us, bond investors are grappling...
Fed Holds Rates Steady, Sets Stage for Future Moves

Fed Holds Rates Steady, Sets Stage for Future Moves

As expected, the Federal Reserve (Fed) left its interest rate target unchanged at its latest monetary policy meeting. This is consistent with the gradual pace and shallow path of interest rate normalization we’re expecting...
Finding Income Opportunities in Bonds

Finding Income Opportunities in Bonds

In late 2016, the Federal Reserve raised rates. That’s interesting for a couple reasons. One, which received most of the headlines, is that this action represented the beginning of the Fed’s path in normalizing...
Fed's First Rate Hike of 2017 May Not Be the Last

Fed’s First Rate Hike of 2017 May Not Be the Last

As the U.S. bond market has generally expected and priced in for the past two weeks, the Federal Reserve (Fed) has incrementally raised short-term interest rates. It’s the first hike this year and the...
Marching Toward a Fed Rate Hike

Marching Toward a Fed Rate Hike

It’s understandable if investors are feeling overwhelmed by recent political, economic, and financial market events. President Trump’s election set off a frenzy of political and policy activity in the U.S., causing rapid adjustments (and...
Real Estate in 2017: Investing in a Rising Rate Environment

Real Estate in 2017: Investing in a Rising Rate Environment

It’s often said that change is the only constant, and I couldn’t agree more. While 2017 is shaping up very well in the world of REITs – thanks in large part to good fundamentals...
Global Bond Investing as Rates Rise in 2017

Global Bond Investing as Rates Rise in 2017

The months since President Trump’s election have seen a flurry of activity, and much of that activity directly affects the economy—policy, changes in administration and rising interest rates. Today I’m focused on rates. More...
Actively Managing Risks of Rising Rates

Actively Managing the Risks of Rising Rates

Q1 2017 CIO Insights: U.S. Value Equity Podcast The Federal Reserve held interest rates at abnormally low levels for several years, which restrained bond yields and enticed investors to reach for yield in the form of...
FOMC: What It is and What It Means to You

FOMC: What It is and What It Means to You

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy has far-reaching effects—with its responsibility for setting short-term U.S. interest rates, it has the power to affect transactions and investments with any country or company doing business with...