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Because the high-yield corporate market has suffered a significant correction in the past 15 months, I have been arguing that this market now offers excellent long-term value. The most frequent question that I encounter is how the high-yield market will … Continue reading
It used to be that investors looked for two things to support a Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike: continued improvement in the labor market and for the Fed to be “reasonably confident” that inflation would rise to 2% over the … Continue reading
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept its target rate for the federal funds unchanged. In the policy statement, the Fed stated that the economy seems to be advancing at a moderate pace, but global developments may restrain that growth. … Continue reading
Shifting expectations of whether the Federal Reserve (Fed) will or won’t hike interest rates may not be the only factor causing global volatility—just look at how China’s slow growth is roiling markets—but the rate debate is weighing on investors’ minds. … Continue reading
How does market volatility affect central banks and the decisions they make? Dr. Brian Jacobsen, CFA, CFP®, explains in this edition of the On the Trading DeskSM. Listen to the full interview (new window). Well, Brian, let’s start with the … Continue reading
There’s considerable disagreement over the value of short-duration portfolios during periods in which the Federal Reserve (Fed) is raising short-term rates. Yield curves typically flatten as the Fed raises rates, meaning that yields rise more on the shorter maturities than … Continue reading
The Federal Reserve (Fed) has said it is looking for some further improvement in the labor market before it hikes its target for the federal funds rate. Today’s employment situation report showed more than some improvement. Nonfarm payrolls increased by … Continue reading
The Federal Reserve (Fed) inched a bit closer to a rate hike with today’s employment situation report. Payrolls expanded by 280,000, and the past two months were revised to add 32,000 jobs, up from previous reports. Wage gains remain low, … Continue reading
Can the American people and businesses, the U.S. government, and the rest of the world weather a rising interest rate environment? Brian Jacobsen, Ph.D., CFA, CFP(R); Wayne Badorf, CFP(R), CFS(R); and Jon Lagerstedt finish their conversation, in the second half … Continue reading
Regardless of which way interest rates head, are you and your clients prepared for the long haul? Brian Jacobsen, Ph.D., CFA, CFP®; Wayne Badorf, CFP®, CFS®; and Jon Lagerstedt begin the conversation in the first of a two-part series. Listen … Continue reading