How Are Markets Shaping Up for the New Year?

The US market has performed strongly in 2015. Across all indices, the year to date performance of the US market generated a 21.36% return. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.75%, the NASDAQ Composite Index rose 28.86%, the S&P 500 21.86%, and the New York Stock Exchange Composite PR rose 14.86%. These figures are indicative of a bullish market, and that sentiment is likely to spill over into 2018 as sweeping tax reform, interest rate hikes, and bullishness propels US markets. The performance ...

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How Government Monetary Policy Works

The monetary policy is controlled by government managed Central Banks. In the U.S., it is called the Federal Reserve or Feds. In Europe, it is called the ECB (European Central Bank). Australians call theirs the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and in most countries it is referred to as the Central Bank. Monetary policy is used to influence the level of interest rates. This in turn influences the investment behavior of firms and individuals, the consumption level of households, and the supply of credit ...

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The Risks of High Yielding Investments

The following is a guest post from Ben Carlson at A Wealth of Common Sense. Ben writes about personal finance, investments, investor psychology and using your common sense to manage your money.  You can follow him on Twitter (@awealthofcs). If you missed part one of my series on rising interest rates, please read What Happens to Bonds When Interest Rates Rise. Rising Interest Rates Rising interest rates are a hot topic in the ever changing investment landscape these days.  Historically low rates ...

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What Happens to Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

The following is a guest post from Ben Carlson at A Wealth of Common Sense.  Ben writes about personal finance, investments, investor psychology and using your common sense to manage your money.  You can also  follow him on Twitter (@awealthofcs). Don’t Try to Predict Interest Rate Movements There is one recommendation that I received early in my wealth management career that has served me well: do not try to predict interest rates.  There are way too many moving parts involved.  To predict ...

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