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Why The Fed Got Off its Assets and Raised Interest Rate

The Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) raised the Federal Funds Target Rate by .25% from .50% to .75%.  The Federal Funds Target Rate is the interest rate charged to financial institutions for the trading they do with each other overnight.


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Patience Pays Dividends

For months prior to the presidential election, investors remained in a holding pattern, poised to see how the domestic and global markets would react. Many international markets saw pullbacks, but U.S. stock markets surprised to the upside, rewarding investors after


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The Last Mortgage Refinance

  I know it’s not breaking news that mortgage rates are low. They are very low in fact.  At the last Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) meeting in September they elected to keep the Federal Funds Rate unchanged.  The FOMC


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The Fed Has “Liftoff”

The Federal Reserve Board (“Fed”) raised the Federal Funds Target Rate by .25% at their December meeting.  This rate is the amount banks charge each other for overnight loans. This was no surprise. Fed Chair Janet Yellen clearly indicated rates


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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

I took a statistics class back in college. Like many of my other subjects I didn’t do that well in it. I did, however, gain a deeper understanding of what average meant and still continue to aspire to get up


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Third Quarter Marked by Mixed Data and Volatility

Last quarter, many investors watched closely as the Greek debt drama played out on a global stage. Three months later, investors once again are warily watching how international economic conditions impact domestic markets. Headwinds include worries over slower growth in


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Market Volatility Spikes Amid Global Economic Concerns

Equity markets suffered their worst week since 2011 for the week ending August 21, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1,000 points and the S&P 500 down 5.7%. Put into the context of the bull market of the


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The Second Half of the Year Holds Promise

August 5, 2015   The Second Half of the Year Holds Promise   The S&P 500 has been at a virtual standstill thus far this year, trading in a narrow range. July was not much different. The almost 2% rise


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Average Joe’s

The movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story came out in 2004.  It’s a story about gym owner Peter Lafleur (Vince Vaughn) trying to save his gym.  The gym is very behind on its bank loan and Peter is concerned it


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