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What Rising Rates Could Mean for Your Money

After years of keeping the benchmark federal funds rate at historic lows, the Federal Reserve has been raising it gradually. Near-zero rates were an emergency measure, and gradual increases reflect greater confidence in the U.S. economy. However, rising rates can affect you as a consumer and investor.

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Changing Market: Municipal Bonds After Tax Reform

January is typically a strong month for the municipal bond market, but 2018 began with the worst January performance since 1981, driven by rising interest rates and uncertainty over changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The tax law changed the playing field for these investments, which could affect supply and demand.

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Our Third Principle

Spring is slowly approaching. As the harshness of winter recedes, volatility in both the markets and weather are picking up. While I can hardly speak to fluctuations in the weather, the fluctuation in the market is almost certainly a function of rising interest rates, though the madness of crowds is difficult to quantify.

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