Month: April 2017

Beware of Fake News When Investing

The concept of knowledge has recently undergone a radical change, with no less a personage than our new president and his cohorts attempting to legitimize what one of them has referred to as “alternative facts.”  Notwithstanding the societal consequences of government leaders making decisions based on false information, fake news can be especially problematic when making…
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The Impact Of Fed Rate Hikes (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this posting, I talked about how the government’s monetary policy is executed through the Fed to modify interest rates.  To recap: the Fed cannot control interest rates; it can only influence them, and realistically speaking only short-term rates at that.  In order to keep long-term rates low to stimulate the economy…
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The Impact Of Fed Rate Hikes (Part 1)

As you may have read in the media, the Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its benchmark interest rate to 1.00% in March.  This was the second increase in just three months and the most the Fed has raised the rate in over eight years.  What’s the significance of such rate hikes, particularly to investors? Let’s start…
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